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Candidates and agents at Greater London Authority elections

On this page, you will find all of the Commissions guidance and resources for candidates and their agents at the Greater London Authority elections on 5 May 2016.

Guidance on these pages is being updated for polls on 5 May 2016.  If you have any questions please contact London Elects.

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 Greater London Authority election. 

Important information

  • Legislation for 2016 polls


    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. 

    We will update and re-publish the guidance as appropriate once the legislation is clear.

  • Updated guidance


    We have updated Parts 2a, 2b and 2c of our guidance for candidates and agents following confirmation that the deadline for the appointment of sub-agents will remain as the second working day before the poll rather than the fifth, as previously assumed.

Part 2a

Standing as a candidate for London Mayor

This part covers:

  • 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?

Part 2a: Standing as a candidate for London Mayor (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)

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