The countdown to London’s postponed election begins

50 days to polling day

Fifty days from today - on Thursday 6 May 2021 - Londoners go to the polls to elect a Mayor of London and 25 London Assembly Members. [1]   The elections were delayed in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

To mark the milestone, London Elects, London’s Boroughs and the Electoral Commission have produced a short video to show the COVID safety measures in place at London’s approximately 3,800 polling stations.  Its purpose is to reassure Londoners that anyone who feels comfortable going to a supermarket or a Post Office should feel confident attending a polling station in May. 

However, anyone who would prefer not to attend a polling station (including anyone who is shielding) can apply for a postal or proxy vote in advance of the elections. 

Greater London Returning Officer (GLRO), Mary Harpley said: “This delayed election will be different due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Much planning has gone into ensuring that the safety of Londoners and election staff is prioritised.  We look forward to running a safe, fair and efficient democratic process in partnership with the London boroughs, to allow London's 6.2 million voters to have their say on 6 May.”


  • The count will take place on Friday 7 May and Saturday 8 May
  • Constituency declarations for London Assembly Members to be made at three count centres: Olympia, Alexandra Palace, Excel
  • Declaration of Mayoral & London wide Assembly Member results at City Hall on the evening of Saturday 8 May, or the morning of Sunday 9 May
  • Vote progress on website
  • London Elects running central accreditation for all counts - online media accreditation is open now

Important dates:  These dates apply to both the Mayor and the London Assembly.

Pre-election period: 22 March 2021
Nominations: 22 March – 30 March 2021
Candidates announced: 1 April 2021 (latest)
Voting: Thursday 6 May 2021 (polling stations open from 7am to 10pm)
Count commences: Friday 7 May 2021
The last day to register to vote in the Mayor of London and London Assembly elections is 19 April 2021.

Notes to editors:

1.    This unique form of local government represents the interests of London and Londoners. 
London has one Mayor and 25 Assembly Members. The Mayor of London is responsible for running the city, from policing and housing to environment and transport. 
The Assembly keeps a check on the Mayor’s work and investigates issues that matter to Londoners.
2.    To find out more, visit:
3.    Link to 2016 results