Nominations to stand at this election close on Wednesday 8 April and by 4pm on Thursday 9 April. The details of the candidates will be published here.
A booklet containing election addresses for the candidates, as well as other information about the Mayoral Election will be posted to every registered elector in the West Midlands Combined Authority area around the 18 April. There will also be an online version available.
Enclosed within this booklet will also be some frequently asked questions.
The laws says that everyone registered to vote must be sent their own copy so that they get a chance to see one.
Through this booklet you have received information on the Combined Authority Mayoral Candidates, as we are required to send this to you by law. For the PCC and Local Elections there is no requirement to send this information. However, if you do require further information on the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections, then visit choosemypcc.org.uk. For Local Elections, it is the decision and responsibility of the candidate or their agent if they want to provide/send out further information to you.
Candidates can have an election address published in the candidate address booklet. In order to have their election address included, candidates must have submitted their address to the CARO and had its content approved by the close of nominations (4pm on Wednesday 8 April).
Any candidate wishing to have their address included in the booklet is also required to make a contribution towards the cost of producing the booklet. This contribution has been set at £5,000. Payment must also have been made and cleared by the close of nominations.
You will not receive information like this in relation to candidates standing in other elections on the same day, as for the PCC and Local Elections there is no legal requirement to send this information.
A person can stand for election as Mayor for the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) if:
and meet at least 1 of the following criteria:
There are specific legal qualifications and disqualifications which must be met if someone wishes to stand. Anyone wishing to stand should seek their own legal advice over whether they are qualified to stand as the Combined Authority Returning Officer (CARO) cannot give advice on a person’s eligibility to stand.
Anyone who wishes to stand will need to provide the following:
The completed paperwork must be submitted by hand to the CARO at the address given below, no later than 4pm on Wednesday 8 April 2020.
The Electoral Commission has produced guidance concerning standing as a candidate, including how to complete the nomination papers.
There is strict legislation covering the running of this election. It is particularly important that candidates and agents familiarise themselves with this information.
The CARO is appointed by the West Midlands Combined Authority and is responsible for the administration of the election. The CARO for the 2020 election is Martin Reeves, Chief Executive of Coventry City Council.
Further information on how the election will be conducted can be obtained by contacting:
Liz Read, Electoral Services Manager, Coventry City Council
Telephone: 024 7697 5226.
The address of the CARO (for delivery of nomination papers) is: