Standing as a candidate

Standing as a candidate

The Electoral Commission, an independent statutory body reporting directly to the UK Parliament, have produced a Guidance for candidates and agents at Police and Crime Commissioner elections, which candidates and agents are advised to read. Links to the various parts of this guidance are highlighted below.

Before starting the process of standing for election candidates need to be confident that they meet all the requirements. Part 1 of the guidance covers the qualifications and disqualifications for standing.

PART 1 – Can you stand for election?

Once satisfied that they can stand, candidates should read Part 2A if standing as an independent candidate or Part 2B if standing as a party candidate. Both parts deal with the nomination process and explain which forms candidates need to submit and by when.

PART 2A – Standing as an independent candidate

PART 2B – Standing as a party candidate

Candidates and agents must follow certain rules about how much they can spend in their election campaign, who they can accept donations from, and what they must report after the election. Part 3 explains what the rules are.

PART 3 – Spending and donations

There are rules which govern the publication and display of campaign literature. These are covered in Part 4.

PART 4 - The campaign

Candidates and agents have a right to attend key electoral events, i.e. the opening of postal votes, the poll and the count. More details on these events can be found in Part 5.

PART 5 - Your right to attend key electoral events

Finally, there are a number of things candidates and agents need to do once the result has been declared, including submitting their spending returns. This is covered in Part 6.

PART 6 – After the declaration of result