Combined authority mayoral elections in England

Guidance and resources that you need if you are a candidate or agent at a combined authority mayoral election in England

The UK government has made legislation to reduce the number of subscribers that are required by each candidate for elections taking place on 6 May 2021. We have updated the guidance and resources on this page accordingly.

We have issued supplementary guidance to support candidates and agents participating in polls during the coronavirus pandemic:

Click here for guidance on local authority mayoral elections in England

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

We have produced a timetable with all of the relevant deadlines for the 6 May 2021 Combined authority mayoral election which can be viewed here:

We have also produced a document for people who want to know the basics about elections, the roles of different organisations and where to find more information.


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 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