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

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 local elections in Wale

2022 legislation caveat

The guidance on this page has been updated to reflect provisions of The Local Elections (Principal Areas) (Wales) Rules 2021, The Local Elections (Communities) (Wales) Rules 2021 and The Local Elections (Miscellaneous and Consequential Amendments)(Wales) Regulations 2022 that take effect for principal area and community council elections held on and after the 5 May 2022.

Please contact the Electoral Commission Wales team via infowales@electoralcommission.org.uk if you require any assistance.

 We published supplementary guidance in 2021 to support candidates and agents participating in polls during the coronavirus pandemic. This remains available for your reference:

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 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 4

The campaign

his 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 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