Statement on English Democrats candidate Mayoral submission
The nominations process for Mayor of London candidates opened on March 21st 2016 and closed at 4pm on March 31 2016.
London Elects encouraged all prospective candidates to contact them within good time to discuss the process and to give advice on the paperwork required. This was made very clear to all who had shown an interest in the nominations process.
The English Democrats prospective candidate for Mayor of London, Winston McKenzie, met with London Elects for the first time at 13.45 on March 31 2016. At that time, the paperwork was incomplete.
Mr McKenzie was given the opportunity to resolve matters by the 4pm legal deadline.
Mr McKenzie and his agent did not submit all the paperwork by the 4pm deadline. Upon inspection, the incomplete forms contained errors which would have invalidated the nomination - in the form of duplicate signatures from other candidates’ nomination papers.
Electoral law is explicit and the rules must be applied in all cases.