Guidance and resources for candidates and their agents at the National Assembly for Wales election on 5 May 2016

If you have any questions, please contact your local Commission team.

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

Important information

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National Assembly for Wales by-election, Tuesday 6 February 2018 in the Alyn and Deeside constituency

The spending limit for candidates at a National Assembly for Wales by-election is £100,000.

Click below for the timetable for the Alyn and Deeside by-election, being held on Tuesday 6 February:

Please note that guidance for candidates and agents on this page was current in May 2016. It should be read in conjunction with the timetable above for the relevant dates to be adhered to at the forthcoming by-election.

All invoices for candidate spending must be received within 21 days of the election result being declared, and all invoices must be paid within 28 days of the election result being declared. The completed spending return and associated invoices must be submitted to the Returning Officer within 35 days of the result being declared.

Date of declarationDate for receiving invoicesDate for paying invoicesDate for submitting returns
Tuesday 6 February27 February6 March13 March
Wednesday 7 February28 February7 March14 March
Part 2a

Standing at the constituency election

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting nomination papers

  • Being nominated in more than one area

  • What happens after the close of nominations?

  • Appointing your election agent and other agents

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 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