Elections and voting
Information for candidates
Candidate post election declaration form and expenses return
After the election, all candidates must complete and return 2 forms, whether any cost was incurred or not.
- Declaration form
- Expenses return
This is a legal requirement. District candidates can appoint a separate election agent, the agent must also complete a declaration form.
The proper officer for electoral purposes takes receipt of these returns and holds them on deposit for 2 years from the date of the poll. Any queries on their completion should be directed to the Electoral Commission who publish a spending and donations guide.
Dates for submission are set out in the election timetable.
Forms you will need
- Declaration by candidate as to election expenses (Electoral Commission pdf 19KB)
- Declaration by election agent as to election expenses (Electoral Commission pdf 18KB)
- Candidate spending return (Electoral Commission xls 87KB)
- Return of candidate election expenditure (Electoral Commission pdf 109KB)
- Return of candidate spending explanatory notes (Electoral Commission PDF 146KB)
There is a legal limit that you can spend on your campaign and this form indicates the maximum sums.
If you produce any publishing campaign materials, print and digital, you should refer to the Electoral Commission guidance on imprints, it is very important as some material must include an imprint by law.
The maximum expenses limit in the regulatory period from the publication of the notice of election on 22 March 2024 is a fixed sum of £960 plus 8p per registered local government elector.
Electorate totals, number of properties and absent voter totals will be uploaded on 1 March 2024.
Electorate and properties for Epping Forest District showing will be uploaded on 1 March 2024.
Unless otherwise prohibited such as with nomination papers, all forms can be sent to: