Elections and Referendum on Thursday 6 May 2021
Declaration of results
Official Notices for the GLA elections
Official Notices for the Governance Referendum and NPR Referendum
About the elections
The Mayor of London and London Assembly elections take place every four years. The last elections took place in May 2016.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak the planned elections were postponed in 2020 and will now take place on Thursday 6 May 2021.
Currently, plans are underway to ensure that they can proceed effectively, including that polling stations will be safe places to vote.
Voters can expect many of the safety measures we have become used to over recent months, such as the use of hand sanitiser, floor markings and face coverings.
Additional Referendums on the same day
In Tower Hamlets there will also be two referendums taking place on the same day as the Mayor of London and London Assembly elections.
All registered voters in the borough will be able to take part in a referendum on the Executive Governance Model.
This referendum will ask whether the council’s Executive should be changed from a Mayor and Cabinet Executive to a Leader and Cabinet Executive.
A smaller number of registered voters living in the Isle of Dogs will also be able to take part in a Local Neighbourhood Planning Referendum.
Make sure you’re registered to vote
An extensive annual canvass process took place at the end of last year and households were encouraged to ensure that they were registered to vote.
If you are unsure that you’re registered, then you should register so you can vote in these elections and referendum. It only takes five minutes to register.
If you wanted to vote on May 6, the deadline to apply was Monday 19 April. However, you can still apply to be added to the electoral register so you can vote in future elections
Register to vote today
The Mayor of London and London Assembly Elections
There are three specific contests that make up this election, with three different ballot papers for voters.
These are for:
- the Mayor of London
- the 14 Members of the London Assembly that represent London’s 14 Constituencies (Tower Hamlets is in the City and East constituency)
- the 11 Assembly Members that represent the whole of London (London-wide Members).
Find out how to complete your ballot papers
You can find out more information about these elections on London Elects.
Voter information and translations leaflets
The most important information about the Mayor of London and London Assembly elections has also been translated into 20 different languages.
English voter information leaflet
Postal Vote Packs
If you have asked for a postal vote you will receive the pack/s containing the ballot papers directly from our printers. Please complete the paperwork and then return the packs as soon as possible.
Lost or spoilt packs cannot be reissued until 29 April 2021. Lost means that you haven’t received your pack. If you got rid of a pack without completing it, you cannot get another one.
Postal vote packs FAQsAtom Feed
- Cross out the incorrect vote and put an X in the correct box of your choice.
- Re-open the envelope, add all the documents and then reseal.
- Write in the correct date clearly above the boxes and cross out the incorrect date.
Results announcements and media accreditation
Ballots cast in Tower Hamlets for the Mayor of London, London Assembly, the Governance Referendum and Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Planning Referendum will be counted at Excel Exhibition Centre on Saturday 8 May 2021.
We will be providing live social media updates from the count venue and will be publishing the results of our two referendums on our website and issuing a special e-newsletter immediately after the declarations for the referendums are made.
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For media, we will be updating our online platform Chorus with images and videos of the count and declarations which are free to use.
Any media interested in attending the count to cover the London Mayor and Assembly elections should contact the London Elects press office:
Tel: 020 7983 4228 or 07887 832 918
Due to social distancing measures at the count venue, which is being organised by London Elects, we have been advised that capacity to accommodate media is much lower than at previous elections.
In addition to providing timely information and content from the venue, we are also working with media outlets to put pooling arrangements in place where possible.