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Candidates and agents at mayoral elections in England

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

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

Part 2a

Standing as an independent candidate

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • The deposit
  • 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 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 5

Your right to attend key electoral events

This part covers:

  • Attending the opening of postal votes and what to expect
  • Attending polling stations and what to expect
  • Attending the count and what to expect

Part 5: Your right to attend key electoral events (PDF)

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