Guidance and resources for candidates and their agents at the Police and Crime Commissioner election

The UK government has made legislation to reduce the number of subscribers that are required by each candidate for elections taking place on 6 May 2021. We have updated the guidance and resources on this page accordingly.

We have issued supplementary guidance to support candidates and agents participating in polls during the coronavirus pandemic:

An overview document gives instructions on how to use this guidance and who does what at these elections:

We have produced a timetable with all of the relevant dates for the 6 May 2021 Police and Crime Commissioner elections which can be viewed here:

We have also produced a document for people who want to know the basics about elections, the roles of different organisations and where to find more information.

 

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
  • Paying the 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

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • Paying the deposit
  • 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:

 

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 the collation of local totals and what to expect at these proceedings
Part 6

After the declaration of result

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