Can you stand for election?


Candidates and their agents must follow certain rules set out in legislation. We provide guidance to help candidates and agents comply with the rules. You do not have to follow this guidance, but if you do, you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law. On this page you will find links to all the different elections that we produce guidance for. We have produced a document for people who want to know the basics about elections, the roles of different organisations and where to find more information.

Our guidance for elections covers:

  • standing for election
  • campaigning
  • accepting donations
  • spending money
  • your rights as a candidate, including access to election proceedings
  • reporting after the election

How we can help

As well as our guidance, we are happy to answer questions and give advice. We are here to help, so please get in touch.

This information applies to district, borough, county, county borough and unitary council elections. It does not apply to parish and community elections,mayoral elections or elections to the Greater London Authority. Our guidance and resources for all elections in England and Wales can be accessed from our website at: http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/guidance/resources

If you have a question about standing for election, please call or email your local Commission team in England, or your local office in Wales or Scotland.