Standing as an election candidate

Spending money before an election

If you're standing as candidate in an election, there's limit to how much money you can spend during the regulated period ahead of the election.

The regulated period runs from the date person becomes candidate until the date of the poll.

After the election, you will need to file an election expenses return with your (Acting) Returning Officer. Money that you've spent on the election can't be claimed back.

The Electoral Commission's website has further information on spending and donation controls. We only hold the details of candidates expenses for the purpose of inspection by members of the public.

The Electoral Commission's website

Inspect candidate's expenses

You can inspect declarations and returns, including accompanying documents, of election expenses of candidates and election agents. We publish notices about where and when you can inspect these documents in person.

Complain about candidate's expenses

If you want to complain about candidate's expenses, you must complain in writing to The Electoral Commission.