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Rules for local elections, May 22, 2014


Local Election Rules

This post is provided for the information of the February 25 meeting of Bradford People’s Coalition Against the Cuts, which is planning to field candidates in the local elections on May 22.

It is adapted from the Electoral Commission website, http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/.

SUMMARY

Nominations deadline 2014-04-124

  • Nominations must be submitted no later than 4pm on April 24, 2014.
  • Each nomination must be signed by at least 10 (ten) electors from the ward(s) concerned.
  • If a candidate is independent, no other description can be used.
  • If a party name is to be used, it must have been entered on the Electoral Commission’s online register of political parties at https://pefonline.electoralcommission.org.uk.

SUMMARY

To be nominated as a candidate at a local government election in England or Wales, you need to submit a completed set of nomination papers to the Returning Officer by 12 noon on the 19th working day before the poll (4pm on 24 April for local elections held on 22 May 2014).

The nomination form must include the signatures of 10 registered electors (known as subscribers) from the ward. Your subscribers must be on the electoral register that is in force on the 25th working day before the poll.

All nomination papers, including the consent to nomination, must be delivered to the place specified on the notice of election by 12 noon on the 19th working day before the poll (4pm on 24 April for local elections held on 22 May 2014)

Each candidate must have an election agent, the person responsible for the proper management of your election campaign and, in particular, for its financial management. If you do not appoint an agent, you will become your own agent by default.

Once appointed, only the election agent can make payments for election expenses.

To stand on behalf of a registered political party, you will also need:
• A certificate authorising you to use the party name or a registered description on the ballot paper (known as the certificate of authorisation).
• A written request to use one of the party’s emblems (if you would like one to appear on the ballot paper).

You can ask for either the party’s name as registered with the Commission or one of the party’s registered descriptions to appear on the ballot paper underneath your name.

If you want to use a party name or description, you must submit alongside your other nomination papers a certificate that shows that you are authorised to use the party’s name or description (known as a certificate of authorisation). The certificate must be issued by the registered party’s Nominating Officer (or someone authorised to act on their behalf) and be received by the Returning Officer by the nominations deadline, ie by 12 noon on the 19th working day before the poll (4pm on 24 April for local elections held on 22 May 2014).

The party name/description used on the nomination paper must exactly match the party name/description on the Commission’s online register of political parties at https://pefonline.electoralcommission.org.uk.

If it does not, the whole nomination paper will be rejected.

Political parties authorise candidates to stand for them by issuing a certificate of authorisation. This must state that the named candidate can stand on their behalf and allow them to use one of the following:
• the exact party name as registered with the Commission.
• one of the party’s registered descriptions .
• your choice of either the registered party name or one of the registered descriptions.

Particular care should be taken by the Nominating Officer (or someone authorised to act on their behalf) when completing the certificate of authorisation. If the certificate explicitly authorises a particular party name/description and this does not match the party name/description on the nomination paper, the whole nomination will be invalid.

You need an active user account before you can register the party or campaigner. You can create a new user by following the links from PEF Online.

1. Select the Party user log-in option. This will take you to a new screen.
2. Select the register now button at the bottom of the page. This will take you into the registration page.
3. Complete the form on the screen by following the on screen instructions – you will be asked for personal, correspondence and security details. Once completed click create user.

This user is automatically setup as the PEF Online Administrator, but you will be able to amend these details if necessary – see user management.

Note: when you create a new user you are agreeing to the site’s user terms and conditions.

Once you have created the user account and logged in you will have the option to register a new political party or political campaigner.

For more information, contact 020 7271 0616 or www.electoralcommission.org.uk or pef@electoralcommission.org.uk.

  • Compiled by Karl Dallas, February 22, 2014.
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