London Election race kicks off

Official election period begins and candidate nominations open

  • Today marks the official start of the pre-election period for the Mayor of London and 25 London Assembly Members [1]
  • The notice of election is issued at 9am - and with 45 days to go until polling day on 6 May, London Elects is calling on voters across the capital to get ready to vote
  • From today, the candidates who wish to stand for Mayor and the London Assembly can submit nomination papers. The nominations period is 7 working days and nominations close at 4pm on 30 March. Campaign spending is controlled

The Mayor and the London Assembly are responsible for issues that affect every Londoner – from transport and policing, to housing and the environment – with a budget of some £18billion per year.

The Greater London Returning Officer (GLRO), Mary Harpley said: “The work of the Mayor and the London Assembly affects the everyday life of every Londoner. 

"Wherever you live in the capital, if you want to make sure your voice is heard, you need to vote on May 6th. Go to now, to find out how to fill in your 3 ballot papers and the different ways you can vote.”

On 6 May, around 6 million registered Londoners will be able to vote for the Mayor of London and the 25 London Assembly members.  

The election itself will see nearly 3,900 polling stations set up across London on 6 May. The stations will have 12,000+ staff between 7am and 10pm. Another 2,000 staff will then be on hand to help with the count on the 7 and 8 of May. 

Register to vote

You can vote if you are:

  • Aged 18 or over on 6 May 2021
  • A British, qualifying Commonwealth or EU citizen
  • Living in London
  • Registered to vote by 19 April 2021

To register to vote, visit:

How to vote

  • In this election, there are 3 ballot papers and 4 votes
  • Two votes for the Assembly elections and a first and second choice for the Mayoral election
  • You must make a first choice, or your vote won’t be counted. Each vote must be for a different candidate
  • Your polling station will be open from 7am until 10pm on election day
  • Before 6 May, you will receive your polling card through your door. This will include details of your named polling station
  • You can also vote by post. You must apply for a postal vote by 5pm on 20 April 2021
  • Your ballot papers will be sent to you about a week before Election Day. Mark your votes and return them to arrive before 10pm on 6 May 2021
  • You can also vote by proxy. This is when a person you trust votes for your chosen candidates on your behalf if you are unable to make it to the polling station. If you want a proxy vote, your council must receive your application by 5pm on 27 April 2021. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote as a result of an emergency is 5pm, Thursday 6 May 2021.

To find out more, visit

For more information please contact the London Elects media office

London Elects Head of Media:

Alison Bell - 07887 832 918 or 020 7983 4228 – City Hall
[email protected]    
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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