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Candidates and agents at National Assembly for Wales elections

On this page, you will find all of our guidance and resources for candidates and their agents at the National Assembly for Wales election on 5 May 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact your local Commission team.

An overview document gives instructions on how to use this guidance and who does what at these elections. Read the Overview for candidates and agents (PDF) >

Important information

  • Latest update

    08-12-2017

    National Assembly for Wales by-election, Tuesday 6 February 2018 in the Alyn and Deeside constituency

    The spending limit for candidates at a National Assembly for Wales by-election is £100,000.

    Click here for the timetable for the Alyn and Deeside by-election, which is being held on Tuesday 6 February.

    Please note that guidance for candidates and agents on this page was current in May 2016.  It should be read in conjunction with the timetable above for the relevant dates to be adhered to at the forthcoming by-election.

    All invoices for candidate spending must be received within 21 days of the election result being declared, and all invoices must be paid within 28 days of the election result being declared. The completed spending return and associated invoices must be submitted to the Returning Officer within 35 days of the result being declared.

    Date of declaration

    Date for receiving invoices

    Date for paying invoices

    Date for submitting returns

    Tuesday 6 February

    27 February

    6 March

    13 March

    Wednesday 7 February

    28 February

    7 March

    14 March

Part 2a

Standing at the constituency election

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting nomination papers 
  • Being nominated in more than one area
  • What happens after the close of nominations?
  • Appointing your election agent and other agents

Part 2a: Standing at the constituency election (PDF)

Part 2b

Standing at the regional election

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting nomination papers 
  • Being nominated in more than one area
  • What happens after the close of nominations?
  • Appointing your election agent and other agents 

Part 2b: Standing at the regional election (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
  • 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)

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