Mayor of London and London Assembly Elections 2021
Elections for the Mayor of London and London Assembly are being held on 6 May 2021.
These elections were originally due to take place last year (May 2020) however were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recent media reports have raised questions as to whether, given COVID-19, the Greater London Authority elections should take place on 6 May as scheduled.
To date, the Government has said the elections will go ahead, but it is keeping this under review. Brent is therefore continuing with its preparations for elections on 6 May. In addition, we are working with both the Electoral Commission and the Greater London Authority to ensure appropriate steps are taken to ensure that both voters and staff can safely work and participate in these polls.
Apply early to vote by post
Voting by post is the easiest and safest way to vote during the COVID-19 pandemic so if you want to vote this way, make sure you apply early.
How to apply
To apply to vote by post, click on the link below to download an application form. You must be registered to vote to vote by post.
When you have filled in and signed the form, please return it by email to Electoral.Services@brent.gov.uk or by post to Electoral Services, Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ.
If posting your application form, Royal Mail has 35,000 Priority Post Boxes. These boxes have late collection times, with 98% of the having a collection time of after 16.00. Find your nearest Priority Post Box.
The council must receive your application by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021.
If you’re not able to print the application form, you can ask for one to be posted to you by emailing Electoral.Services@brent.gov.uk or by calling 020 8937 1372.
Voting and COVID-19
If you do decide to vote in person, we are putting arrangements in place to ensure each polling station will be made as COVID-secure as possible, including:
- We will be providing hand sanitiser at all entrances and exits, and disinfectant wipes and masks will be available to anyone visiting;
- Polling stations will be deep cleaned the night before the elections, and voting booths will be wiped down regularly throughout the day;
- In addition to the regular training, staff will be trained on how to maintain safety at the polling station, they will be given visors to wear throughout the day;
- There will also be an additional person working at each polling station to greet voters, ask them where necessary to wear a mask and remind them to keep a safe distance from others inside and outside of the polling station;
- We will be encouraging voters to bring their own pen or pencil to vote if they wish, or we will have a large supply of pencils that can be disinfected throughout the day; and
- We will be encouraging those who can to visit the polling station in the middle of the day when it will be less busy.
Find out how to vote if you’re self-isolating on 6 May
A new law is now in force which allows electors who are unable to vote because they are self-isolating to vote by emergency proxy. A proxy vote is where you ask someone you trust to vote on your behalf. Voters will be able to apply for the emergency proxy up until 5pm on the day of the poll on Thursday 6 May and will not need to provide additional evidence to support their application.
The deadline to apply for a non-emergency proxy vote in time for the May elections is 5pm on Tuesday 27 April.
If after this date you are required to self-isolate as a result of government or medical advice, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote. To apply, please contact us as soon as you can by calling 020 8937 1372 or email Electoral.Services@brent.gov.uk and we’ll help you through the process.
There are three separate elections, so you will be given three ballot papers. You will be voting for:
- The Mayor of London (pink ballot paper) – Choose who you want to represent you as the Mayor of London. You will be able to vote for your first and second choice from the list of candidates.
- Constituency London Assembly Member (yellow ballot paper) – Choose who you want to represent your local area (Brent and Harrow) on the London Assembly. You must vote for only one candidate.
- London-wide Assembly Member (orange ballot paper) – Choose who you want to represent the whole of London on the London Assembly. You must vote for only one candidate.
The Returning Officer
The person with overall responsibility for these elections is the Greater London Returning Officer (GLRO). This role is performed by the Chief Officer for the Greater London Authority.
There are fourteen constituencies in London, made up by combining London boroughs. The local constituency is Brent and Harrow, comprising the whole of these two boroughs.
Each constituency has a Constituency Returning Officer (CRO) who is the Returning Officer for one of the member boroughs. The CRO for Brent and Harrow is the Returning Officer for Brent Council, who will be responsible for administering the elections in Brent and Harrow under the direction of the GLRO.
Candidates and Agents
- View the list of candidates standing in the Mayor of London election
- View the list of candidates standing in the Brent and Harrow Constituency election
- View the list of candidates standing in the London-wide Assembly Member election
Notices will be placed on this page in accordance with the relevant statutory deadlines. The result of each election will also be posted on this page as soon as possible after it has been announced.
- Publication of notice of election (Mayor of London and London-Wide Members of the London Assembly)
- Publication of notice of election (London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow Constituency of the Greater London Authority)
- Statement of persons nominated for the Mayor of London election
- Statement of persons nominated for the London-wide Assembly Member election
- Statement of persons nominated for the Brent and Harrow Constituency
London Mayor and Greater London Assembly elections timetable
No later than Monday 22 March
Publication of statements of persons nominated (i.e. the list of candidates)
Thursday 1 April (4pm)
Deadline to register to vote
Monday 19 April (midnight)
Receipt of postal vote applications
Tuesday 20 April (5pm)
Receipt of proxy vote applications
Tuesday 27 April (5pm)
First day to issue replacement postal votes
Thursday 29 April
Day of election (poll)
Thursday 6 May (7am-10pm)
Counting of votes
Friday 7 May
Registering to vote
You must register to vote online by Monday 19 April 2021 to be able to vote in these elections.
To vote in the next Mayor of London and London Assembly elections you must:
- Be registered to vote at an address in London
- Be at least 18 years old on the day of the elections
- Be a British citizen, a European Union citizen or a qualifying Commonwealth citizen
Remember, being registered with the council for services and paying council tax will not automatically include you on the electoral register.
British citizens living overseas can’t vote in the Mayor of London and London Assembly elections.
The different ways you can vote
There are three ways you can vote in the Mayor of London and London Assembly elections: in person at a polling station, by post or by proxy.
In person at a polling station
Before polling day you will be sent a poll card which will include details of where your polling station is. You do not need to take the poll card with you to vote, but it will help polling station staff find your address on the voting register.
When you arrive at the polling station you will be asked for your name and address. Staff will check you are on the register and then give you three ballot papers. Staff can also help you understand how to fill them out.
Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you do not want to vote in person at a polling station.
If you’re unable to vote in person you can ask someone to vote on your behalf. This is called a proxy vote.