Guidance and resources that you need if you are a candidate or agent at local elections in Wales

Click here for guidance on community council elections

Read the candidate guide overview - local elections in England and Wales which gives instructions on how to use this guidance and who does what at these elections.

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

 

2022 legislation caveat

We are currently updating the guidance and resources on this page in advance of the May 2022 polls, to reflect recent legislative changes. We will make an announcement in our EA Bulletin when the updated guidance is available. In the meantime we have temporarily removed the nomination forms from our website and updated forms will be available once they have been finalised.

Part 1

Can you stand for election?

This part covers:

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 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 your election agent and other agents
  • What happens if a candidate dies?
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