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

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.

The nomination packs are being updated for the 2020 polls to reflect recent changes to legislation.

Disability expenses

Our spending guidance (Part 3) refers to changes to the law that we expected to happen before the regulated period began.

These changes came into force on 23 February 2019. Costs which are reasonably attributable to the candidate’s disability now do not count as candidate spending.

Part A

Can you stand for election?

This part covers:

  • Qualifications for standing for election
  • Disqualifications from standing for election

Part 1a: Can you stand for election? - (excluding Greater Manchester) (PDF)

Part 1b: Can you stand for election in Greater Manchester? (PDF)

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 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 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
  • 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)

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

Part 6: After the declaration of results (PDF)