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Combined authority mayoral elections in England

This page contains all the guidance and resources that you need if you are a candidate or agent at a combined authority mayoral election in England.

An overview document gives instructions on how to use this guidance and who does what at these elections.

Latest updates

  • Guidance update

    19-12-2016

    The guidance on this page is based on the Combined Authorities (Mayoral Elections) Order 2016 as laid in the UK Parliament. The Order is still subject to the parliamentary process and some of the rules may change as a result. We will update the guidance once the Order has been made in early 2017.

Part 2a

Standing as an independent candidate

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • Being nominated in more than one ward
  • What happens after the close of nominations?
  • Appointing your election agent and other agents
  • What happens if a candidate dies?

Part 2a: Standing as an independent candidate (PDF)

Part 2b

Standing as a party candidate

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • The mayoral address and deposit
  • What happens after the close of nominations
  • Appointing your election agent and other agents
  • What happens if a candidate dies

Part 2b: Standing as a party candidate (PDF)

Part 3

Spending and donations

This part covers:

  • How much you can spend
  • The activities covered by the rules
  • Which donations you can accept
  • How to check donations you receive
  • What information needs to be recorded and reported

Part 3: Spending and donations (PDF)

Part 4

The campaign

This part covers:

  • Campaigning dos and don'ts
  • Using the electoral register and absent voters' lists 
  • Using schools and rooms for public meetings 
  • Imprints on campaign publicity material 
  • The mayoral address 
  • Polling day dos and don'ts 
  • Reporting allegations of electoral malpractice

Part 4: The campaign (PDF)

Part 6

After the declaration of results

This part covers:

  • Making the declaration of acceptance of office
  • Access to election paperwork
  • Submitting your spending returns and declarations
  • Questioning the result through an election petition

Part 6: After the declaration of results (PDF)

Candidate or agent