Information for Candidates
Prospective Candidate Briefing
An online event for any prospective candidates intending to stand at the forthcoming election and their agents was held on Monday 8 March 2021. The briefing covered the nomination process, issue of poll cards, registering to vote, postal voting and deadlines. You can access the briefing.
Who can stand for election?
A person can stand for election as Mayor for the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) if:
- They are 18 or over on the day of their nomination
- They are a British, Commonwealth or EU citizen
and meet at least 1 of the following criteria:
- They are registered to vote in the WMCA area from the date of their nomination onwards
- They have occupied as owner or tenant land within the WMCA area for a period of 12 months prior to the date of their nomination and the date of the election.
- Their main place of work for a period of 12 months prior to the date of their nomination and the date of the election is within the WMCA area
- They have lived within the WMCA area during the 12 months period prior to the date of their nomination and the date of the election
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.
How does the nomination process work?
Anyone who wishes to stand will need to provide the following:
- A completed nomination form
- 100 signatures of people on the electoral register (at least 10 from each constituent authority)
- A signed and witnessed consent to nomination form
- A deposit of £5,000 (will be returned if the candidate receives more than 5% of the valid first choice votes cast in the election)
- A certificate authorising the use of a registered political party’s name or description (signed by the party’s nominating officer – not required if standing as an independent candidate)
- A signed request to use a registered political party’s emblem on the ballot paper (if required)
The completed paperwork must be submitted by hand to the CARO at the address given below, no later than 4pm on Thursday 8 April 2021.
You can download the following via the links provided:
- Nomination pack containing: Nomination form, home address form, consent to nomination form, certificate of authorisation to allow a candidate to stand on behalf of a registered political party, form for a candidate standing on behalf of a registered political party to request the use of an emblem and form for the candidate (or someone on their behalf) to give notice of appointment of an election agent, forms for the election agent to give notice of appointment of sub-agents
- Information on paying the deposit
- Candidates can include an election statement in the election address booklet which will be sent to all eligible electors in the combined authority area. There is a contribution of £5,000 which is payable if you have your details in the booklet this can be paid in the same way as the deposit. Guidance on preparing the election address.
- Written guidance for candidates and agents covering key aspects of the electoral process, including the qualifications and disqualifications for election, the nominations process, campaigning dos and don’ts, accessing electoral proceedings and what happens after the declaration of the result.
- Copy of the Code of conduct for campaigners in Great Britain which sets out what is, and is not, considered acceptable behaviour at polling stations, when encouraging electors to vote by post or proxy, and in the community.
- Information on the spending limit for candidates at the election and guidance for candidates and agents on spending and donations
The Electoral Commission has produced guidance concerning standing as a candidate, including how to complete the nomination papers.
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.
Notice of Election Addresses
Candidate election statements
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 Thursday 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.
What legislation covers this election?
There is strict legislation covering the running of this election. It is particularly important that candidates and agents familiarise themselves with this information.
Combined Authority Returning Officer (CARO)
The CARO is appointed by the West Midlands Combined Authority and is responsible for the administration of the election. The CARO for the 2021 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: