Information for Candidates
Nominations to stand at this election close on Thursday 8 April and by 4pm on Friday 9 April. The details of the candidates will be published here.
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. Access the briefing.
Who can stand for election?
A person can stand for election as West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner if:
- they are 18 or over on the day of their nomination
- they are a British, Commonwealth or EU citizen
- they are registered to vote in the West Midlands Police force area both at the time of nomination and on polling day
A person cannot stand as a PCC if:
- they have been convicted of an imprisonable offence (whether or not a prison sentence was handed down)
- they are a serving: civil servant, judge, police officer, member of the regular armed forces, employee of a council within the force area, employee of a police related agency, employee of another government agency, politically restricted post-holder, or member of police staff (including Police Community Support Officers)
Welsh Assembly Members and Members of the European, Scottish and Westminster Parliaments can stand for election as PCC, but would need to step down from their existing role before taking office. A member of the House of Lords would be ineligible from taking their seat in the Lords while serving as Police and Crime Commissioner.
How does the nomination process work?
Anyone who wishes to stand will need to provide the following:
- A completed nomination form
- 14 signatures of people on the electoral register (this is being amended for this election due to the Coronavirus Pandemic)
- 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 PARO at the address given below, no later than 4pm on Thursday 8 April 2021.
You can download the following using the relevant links:
- PCC 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 (docx)
- 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 that 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 (PDF)
- Election Address Form for Submission to PARO – Form 29
The Electoral Commission has produced guidance concerning standing as a candidate, including how to complete the nomination papers.
Will I have to submit an election address?
Each candidate has the opportunity to submit an election address. These will be available to view at www.choosemypcc.org.uk no later than 4pm on Thursday 8 April. Electors will also be able to request that a copy of the booklet is sent to them by calling 0808 196 2170.
For the Mayoral election you will receive a booklet containing election addresses for the candidates, as well as other information about the Mayoral Election. This will be posted to every registered elector in the West Midlands Combined Authority area around the 16 April.
For the 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.
Police Area Returning Officer
The Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) is appointed by the Secretary of State and is responsible for the administration of the election. The PARO 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 at Coventry City Council by email email@example.com or by telephoning 024 7697 5226.
The address of the PARO (for delivery of nomination papers) is: