Guidance and resources that you need if you are a candidate at a community council election in Wales

Useful information

Click here for guidance for standing in other election

For instructions on how to use this guidance and who does what at these elections read the overview below.

Click here for the generic timetable for use at local government by-elections in Wales (DOC)

Local elections candidates survey

The diversity of the candidates standing for local elections and those who are elected is being monitored by the Welsh Government.

More information, and a link to the survey, is contained in the Cabinet Secretary’s letter in the resources section of Parts 2a and 2b below. Please note this letter is from the Welsh Government not the Electoral Commission.

Part 1

Can you stand for election?

This part covers:

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

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 agents to observe electoral processes
  • What happens if a candidate dies?
Part 2b

Standing as a party candidate

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • Nomination in more than one ward
  • What happens after the close of nominations
  • Appointing agents to observe electoral processes
  • What happens if a candidate dies?
Part 3

Candidate spending

This part covers:

  • How much you can spend
  • The activities covered by the rules
  • What information needs to be recorded and reported
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 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