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Candidates and agents at National Assembly for Wales elections

On this page, you will find all of our guidance and resources for candidates and their agents at the National Assembly for Wales election on 5 May 2016.

 Guidance on these pages is being updated for polls on 5 May 2016.  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. Read the Overview for candidates and agents (PDF) >

Click here for the 2016 timetable for the National Assembly for Wales election.  

Important information

  • Legislation for 2016 polls

    24-09-2015

    This guidance has been developed based on the legislation as it currently stands and makes some assumptions about what further legislation will provide for, and so it may be subject to change. 

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 2a: Standing at the constituency election (PDF)

Part 2b

Standing at the regional 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 2b: Standing at the regional election (PDF)

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 3:Spending and donations (PDF)

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 4: The campaign (PDF)

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

Part 6: After the declaration of results (PDF)

Candidate or agent