Guidance and resources for candidates and their agents at Senedd elections

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:

We have produced a timetable with all of the relevant deadlines for the 6 May 2021 Senedd elections which can be viewed here:

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:

  • Qualifications required to stand for election
  • Disqualifications

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 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