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Candidates and agents at Police and Crime Commissioner elections

On this page, you will find all of our guidance and resources for candidates and their agents at the Police and Crime Commissioner election on 5 May 2016.

Guidance on these pages is being updated for polls 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 for candidates and agents (PDF) >

Click here for the 2016 timetable for the Police and Crime Commissioner election (DOC).

Part 2a

Standing as an independent candidate

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • Paying 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
  • Paying the 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
  • 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 the collation of local totals and what to expect at these proceedings

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

Part 6

After the declaration of result

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 result (PDF)

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