London’s election for a new Mayor and Assembly officially gets underway today (20th March 2012).
On May 3rd Londoners will have the chance to elect a Mayor and 25 members of the London Assembly.
Any candidate wishing to stand for election must submit their nomination papers to London Elects, the non-party body which publicises and manages London’s elections.
Nominations close at midday on Wednesday 28th March 2012 and a full list of candidates will be published on April 2nd.
Voters are able to cast three votes – one for Mayor, one for a London Assembly constituency member and one for the London Assembly top-up list which allows smaller parties a say in how London is governed.
Over the next few weeks London Elects will visit every London borough to help Londoners understand how they can get involved. More information about the election can be found at londonelects.org.uk
John Bennett, Greater London Returning Officer, said: “We want Londoners to look out for the giant ballot box in their boroughs and next to their local landmarks and pass on the word to friends and colleagues – have your say, vote 3rd May.”
To find out more about the election, including how the Mayor and Assembly affect you, how to fill out your ballot papers and the different ways you can vote, visit www.londonelects.org.uk
In order to vote you must be registered before 18th April 2012. Find out how to register by visiting aboutmyvote.co.uk.