Hackney has a Directly Elected Mayor, elected by the residents of the borough. The Mayor appoints a Cabinet - made up of elected councillors - to support their work.
The next Mayoral election in Hackney will be on Thursday 3 May 2018.
Who can stand as Mayor?
- be at least 18-years old
- be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or any member state of the European Union and meet at least one of the following four qualifications:
- be, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the local authority area in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards
- have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election
- your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the local authority area
- have lived in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election
Some people are excluded from standing. Find out whether you are excluded from standing.
How do I become a candidate?
The Mayor can either represent a political group or stand as an independent candidate. If you want to represent a political group you must contact their local branch. They will advise you further about standing to represent them.
If you plan to stand as an independent candidate you should contact the electoral services team at email@example.com or 020 8356 3232.
Whether you are standing as a member of a political party or as an independent candidate, you will need to be officially nominated. This means getting 30 people who are registered electors in Hackney to sign your nomination papers. This must be submitted with other relevant paperwork.
Candidates are required to pay a £500 deposit, which is refundable if they poll more than 5% of the valid first preference vote. If candidates wish to have an address included in the Mayoral election booklet, they must pay £500. This sum is to cover the production cost of the booklet.
What is the deadline for submitting nomination papers for the next Mayoral election?
Nominations will be accepted from the date upon which the notice of election is posted, which will be no later than 22 March 2018. Nomination papers must be received by 4pm, Friday 6 April 2018.