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Information for candidates and agents - Local Government elections 6 May 2021


  1. Overview
  2. COVID-19 testing
  3. Guidance


The information on this page is for people who are standing for election at the Local Government elections on 6 May 2021, and their agents. 

See general information about the Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections - 6 May 2021.

COVID-19 testing

South Tyneside Council aims to keep staff, election candidates, agents and the general public as safe as possible throughout the election process.

You can help to keep yourself and those around you safe by taking regular rapid lateral flow tests in the run-up to the event.

We recommend all candidates and agents test themselves twice weekly before and after the election.

One of the tests should be the night before, or morning of, their first election event.

If you don't have symptoms, you can get regular lateral flow tests at either:

  1. a Council testing site (you will usually get your result the same day) - book an appointment at:
  2. at home - you can collect tests from some local testing sites and pharmacies, or you can order for home delivery. Visit GOV.UK: Find a rapid lateral flow test site in your area. If you use a home testing kit, you must register your result at GOV.UK: Report a COVID-19 test result, as you may be asked to give evidence (email or text message) of your negative test result when reporting for election duties.

If you have any issues getting lateral flow tests, email or call 119.

  • If you get a negative lateral flow test result - you must continue to follow Government guidance to stop the spread of coronavirus. A negative result is not a green light to ignore the Hands Face Space guidelines.
  • If you get a positive lateral flow test result - you will get further information about how to self-isolate and arrange a confirmatory PCR test at home or at a local testing site.

If you have COVID symptoms at any point:

  • You must book a test as soon as possible (at a local testing site or arrange a home test) - book at GOV.UK: Get a coronavirus test
  • Do not go to a test site without booking
  • Do not attend a postal vote opening session, polling station or the verification and count if you have any COVID symptoms

More information: 


Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission provides comprehensive guidance on standing as a candidate. View and download the guidance at Electoral Commission: Guidance and resources for candidates and agents.

Electoral Commission: Guidance for candidates and agents

Electoral Commission: Imprints on election campaign material

Electoral Commission: Candidate imprints - England and Wales May 2021

Electoral Commission: Joint Guidance for Candidates in Elections: When it goes too far - advice on recognising and responding to intimidatory behaviour

Online security

National Cyber Security Centre: Guidance for individuals in politics - advice on how to protect against common cyber-attacks seen against people in politics

GOV.UK: Online Security Information for Candidates May Elections - guidance from social media platforms to secure your account and how to report incidents of online abuse

Political canvassing and leafleting

GOV.UK: The Government's approach to elections and referendums during COVID-19

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