Parish and community council elections in Wales

Guidance and resources that you need if you are a candidate at a parish or community election in England and Wales

Useful information

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 1: Can you stand for election (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 agents to observe electoral processes
  • What happens if a candidate dies?

Part 2a: Standing as an independent candidate in Wales (PDF) 

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 2b: Standing as a party candidate in Wales (PDF)

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 3: Candidate's spending form and notes (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 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 result (PDF)