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Local elections in England

Polling stations for local government elections that took place on Thursday 4 May are now closed.

Candidates and agents

We issue full guidance to individuals planning to stand at local government elections and their election agents. This guidance covers:

  • the qualifications and disqualifications for standing for election
  • how to stand for election
  • how much you can spend
  • the rules on candidate spending
  • the rules on donations
  • campaigning dos and don'ts
  • what you can expect to see at a number of electoral proceedings
  • what happens after the elections

Different guidance is available depending on what election you are standing in:

If you have any questions about the non-financial aspects of our guidance, please contact your local Commission office.

If your question is about spending or donations, please contact us on 0333 103 1928 or at pef@electoralcommission.org.uk.

Electoral administrators

Our guidance for those running local government elections in England covers:

  • the role and responsibilities of the Returning Officer
  • planning and organisation
  • administering the poll
  • administering absent voting
  • verifying and counting the votes
  • what happens after the election

Our guidance for administrators covers both local government elections and mayoral elections.

View our guidance for electoral administrators running local elections in England

If you have any questions about the guidance, contact your local Commission office.

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