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Guidance for candidates and agents

We have worked with the Electoral Commission to develop Mayor of London and London Assembly elections guidance for candidates and agents.  

You can contact the London Elects Team if you have any queries.

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Overview for candidates and agents Electoral Commission guidance page
Part 1: Can you stand for election?
  • Qualifications for standing for election
  • Disqualifications from standing for election
Electoral Commission guidance page
Part 2a: Standing as a candidate for Mayor of London
  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • The deposit
  • The Mayoral address booklet
  • What happens after the close of nominations?
  • Appointing your election agent, sub-agent(s) and other agents
  • What happens if a candidate dies?
Electoral Commission guidance page
Part 2b: Standing as a Constituency London Assembly Member candidate
  • 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?
Electoral Commission guidance page
Part 2c: Standing as a London-wide Assembly Member candidate
  • 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?
Electoral Commission guidance page
Part 3: Spending and donations
  • 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
Electoral Commission guidance page
Part 4: The campaign
  • 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
Electoral Commission guidance page
Part 5: Your rights to attend key electoral events
  • Attending the opening of postal votes and what to expect
  • Attending polling stations and what to expect
  • Attending the count and what to expect
Electoral Commission guidance page
Part 6: After the declaration
  • Making the declaration of acceptance of office
  • Access to election paperwork
  • Submitting your spending returns and declarations
  • Questioning the result through an election petition
Electoral Commission guidance page

Note that guidance for non-party campaigners - ie. individuals and organisations thinking of campaigning in the run-up to an election but not standing as a political party or candidate - is also available on the Electoral Commission's website.  It includes guidance on hustings events.

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