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Nominations

On 7 May 2020 there will be elections for: the Mayor of London, Constituency London Assembly Members and Londonwide Assembly Members.

Candidate qualification

Each candidate has to declare that she or he meet the legal qualifications.

Candidates have to be:

  • at least 18 years old on the day of her or his nomination
  • a citizen of the UK, Republic of Ireland, European Union or Commonwealth
  • registered to vote in London, or have lived, worked, rented or owned property in London for the past 12 months

There are also a number of disqualifications from standing such as:

  • working for the Greater London Authority, the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, Transport for London, or a Mayoral Development Corporation. Other local authority staff holding a politically restricted post cannot stand either
  • being the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order
  • being sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence), without the option of a fine, during the five years before polling day
  • being disqualified under the Representation of the People Act (RPA) 1983 (which covers corrupt or illegal electoral practices and offences relating to donations)
  • being disqualified under the Audit Commission Act 1998

This is only an outline of some of the disqualifications. More information is in the candidate and agent guidance.

Election agents

All candidates must have an election agent. That is, a person who is responsible for the proper management of her or his campaign. This particularly applies to financial aspects as only the election agent can make payments for election expenses.

If a candidate fails to appoint an agent, they are deemed to be their own agent.

Certain individuals – such as Returning Officers, their staff or someone not entitled to vote due to a conviction under the RPA 1983 – cannot be election agents.

Candidates or their agents can also appoint agents to attend postal vote openings, polling stations and the count.

Standing for election for Mayor of London

Candidates are required to submit the following to the Greater London Returning Officer (GLRO):

  • a completed nomination form 
  • 330 signatures of people on the electoral register in London supporting the nomination, consisting of 10 from each London borough and 10 from the City of London
  • a signed and witnessed consent to nomination form
  • a deposit of £10,000, which is returned if the candidate gets more than five per cent of first choice votes cast in the election for Mayor
  • a certificate from the registered political party’s nominating officer, where the candidate was not an independent
  • a signed request to use a registered political party’s emblem on the ballot paper, if the candidate wishes to use an emblem

Candidates can have an election address manifesto published in the Mayoral address booklet, which is sent to all registered voters in London before polling day. To do so, the candidate is required to pay £10,000 towards the cost of the booklet. The fee and other requirements are specified in the Greater London Authority Elections (Election Addresses) Order 2003

Standing for election for the London Assembly: Constituency Assembly Member candidates

Candidates are required to submit the following to the Constituency Returning Officer (CRO):

  • a completed nomination and nomination consent form which must be obtained from the CRO responsible for the constituency where the candidate wants to stand
  • a deposit of £1,000 which is returned if the candidate gets more than five per cent of votes cast in that constituency
  • if standing as the candidate for a political party, a certificate of authorisation from the registered political party’s nominating officer
  • if using a registered political party’s emblem on the ballot paper, a signed request to do so

Standing for election for the London Assembly: Londonwide Assembly Member candidates

Independent candidates and political parties are required to submit the following to the GLRO:

  • a completed nomination form, listing all the candidates (up to a maximum of 25)
  • a signed and witnessed nomination consent form for each candidate
  • a deposit of £5,000 regardless of how many names are on the form. This is returned if the party or independent candidate receives more than 2.5 per cent of the total votes cast across London in the Londonwide Assembly election
  • a request signed by a political party’s nominating officer if the candidate wants to use the party’s emblem on the ballot paper

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