Your Vote, Your Mayor, Your South Yorkshire, 5 May 2022. The South Yorkshire Mayoral election is on Thursday 5 May 2022


If you are interested in standing as a candidate in the 5 May 2022 South Yorkshire Combined Authority Mayoral election, this section of the website provides information on how to do so.

How to Stand for Election

The Notice of Election will be published on 28 March 2022. The nomination period for this election runs from Tuesday 29 March 2022 and nomination papers can be submitted between 10am and 4pm on any working day between this date and the nomination deadline which is 4pm on Tuesday 5 April 2022.  

The Combined Authority Returning Officer (CARO) is not able to accept nomination papers delivered outside of these times. 

Candidates must submit the following as part of their nomination:

  • A completed Nomination Form
  • 100 signatures (including 10 from each of the for local authority areas of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield) of people on the electoral register for this election
  • A signed and witnessed Consent to Nomination Form
  • A deposit of £5,000, which is returned if the candidate receives more than five percent of the total valid first preference 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. 

Contact details for the Office of the CARO to arrange an appointment to check and submit your nomination papers are detailed below:

The Combined Authority Returning Officer

South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority
11 Broad Street West
S1 2BQ
Telephone: 0114 220 3400

Candidates can have an address published in the candidate address booklet, which is sent to all registered voters for this election before polling day. To have their election address included, candidates must make a non-refundable contribution to the printing costs. The cost is £3150. Please note that the costs for the booklet are in addition to the candidate's deposit

Candidates are entitled to a free copy of the electoral register and absent voter lists for each of the constituent authorities in South Yorkshire.  The request must be made in writing to the relevant Electoral Registration Officer, forms for which are available as part of the nomination pack for candidates. Nomination packs will be available from the CARO office from 3 March 2022.

An informal meeting to offer information and guidance for prospective candidates will be held virtually through Microsoft Teams at 2pm on 3 March 2022.  This will include advice on how to correctly complete nomination papers and avid errors that might invalidate the candidate’s nomination. 

You can contact the CARO with any queries you may have about standing as a candidate or the nomination process or the election on the contact details above.

Guidance for Candidates

The Electoral Commission provides a series of comprehensive guides and resources to support candidates and agents.

This includes more information on the nomination process including the qualifications and disqualifications for standing as a candidate, spending, donations and campaigning.  Please note, the Electoral Commission’s guidance for candidates will be updated after 28 February 2022 following the expiration of temporary legislation to reduce the number of subscribers that a candidate requires.  For the South Yorkshire Mayoral Election 2022, candidates will require 100 subscribers.   

Please also note that the CARO is unable to give legal advice on a candidate’s eligibility to stand at the election. Candidates and agents in particular should familiarise themselves with the Electoral Commission’s guidance prior to the election.

Relevant Legislation

Please find below links to relevant legislation relating to the Combined Authority Mayoral election. 

The Combined Authorities (Mayoral Elections) (Amendment) Order 2019

The Combined Authorities (Mayoral Elections) (Amendment) Order 2018

The Combined Authorities (Mayoral Elections) Order 2017

The Combined Authority (Election of Mayor) (Amendment) Order 2017

The Combined Authority (Election of Mayor) Order 2016

The Combined Authority Order 2014