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Nominations

On Thursday 6 May 2021 there will be an election for the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

The nomination period for this election runs from Tuesday 30 March 2021. The Combined Authority Returning Officer (CARO) is not able to accept nomination papers delivered outside of these times. Nomination papers can be submitted between 10am and 4pm on any working day between this date and the nomination deadline which is 4pm on Thursday 8 April 2021.

The Combined Authority Returning Officer (CARO) is not able to accept nomination papers delivered outside of these times. Contact the CARO Support Team to arrange an appointment to informally check your nomination papers. 

You can request a nomination pack by contacting GMMayoralElections@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk or you can download a nomination pack from the Electoral Commission.

Candidates must submit the following as part of their nomination:

  • A completed nomination form
  • A completed home address form
  • 20 signatures of people on the electoral register for this election as at 1 March 2021
  • A signed and witnessed consent to nomination form
  • A deposit of £5000, which is returned if the candidate receives more than five percent of first choice votes cast in the election for Mayor
  • A certificate from the registered political party’s nominating officer, where the candidate is not an independent
  • A signed request to use a registered political party’s emblem on the ballot paper if the candidate wished to use an emblem

Nomination papers must be delivered by hand to the CARO.

Candidates can have an address published in the candidate address booklet, which is sent to all registered voters in Greater Manchester before polling day. In order to have their election address included, candidates must submit approved content to the CARO and make a contribution of £5000 toward the printing cost of the booklet.

Candidates are entitled to a free copy of the electoral register and absent voter lists for each of the districts in Greater Manchester. The request must be made in writing to the CARO, forms for which are available as part of the nomination pack for candidates.

More information on the nomination process including the qualifications and disqualifications* for standing as a candidate can be found in the Electoral Commission guidance to Candidates and Agents.

*please note, the CARO is unable to give legal advice on a candidate’s eligibility to stand at the election.

You can contact the Combined Authority Returning Officer with any queries you may have about standing as a candidate or the nomination process or the election. Their contact details can be found here

Timetable

Key dates for the election can be found in the timetable below. The deadlines for activity are set in law and the Combined Authority Returning Officer (CARO) and Local Returning Officers (LROs) have no discretion over them.

Statutory notices will be published on this page according to the timetable.

What

When

Publication of Notice of Election (This is the legal notice which marks the start of the election period)

 

Nominations for candidates open

Monday 29 March

 

Tuesday 30 March

Poll cards delivered to electors registered to vote by 15 March

 

Nominations for candidates closes

From Tuesday 30 March

 

Thursday 8 April (4pm)

Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated (This is the final list of candidates)

Not later than 4pm on Friday 9 April

Poll cards delivered to electors registered to vote between 16 March and 8 April

From Thursday 15 April

First day for the delivery of the Candidate Address Booklet

Saturday 17 April

Deadline for receiving applications to register to vote on 6 May

Monday 19 April

Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes

5pm on Tuesday 20 April

Postal packs delivered to electors registered for a postal vote by 20 April

From Friday 23 April

Postal packs delivered to electors registered to vote on 19 April

From Tuesday 27 April

Poll cards delivered to electors registered to vote between 8 April and 19 April

From Tuesday 27 April

Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy

5pm on Tuesday 27 April

Publication of Notice of Poll and Situation of Polling Places (the full list polling stations)

Tuesday 27 April

First day to issue replacement lost postal ballot papers

Thursday 29 April

Last day to issue replacement spoilt or lost postal ballot papers

5pm Thursday 6 May

Receipt of emergency proxy vote applications

5pm Thursday 6 May

Polling day

Thursday 6 May (7am - 10pm)

Count Mayoral election

Saturday 8 May