Standing for election

Full elections for the District Council are held in all wards every four years in May.

Am I eligible to stand for election?

To stand for election, on the day of nomination, you must be:

  • 18 or over
  • Be a UK, EU or Commonwealth citizen
  • Be registered to vote in or have either worked or lived in the area for one year

You cannot stand if:

  • You work for the Council
  • You hold a politically restricted post for another local authority
  • You are bankrupt
  • You have served a prison sentence (including suspended sentences) of 3 months or more within 5 years before the election
  • You have been disqualified under any legislation relating to corrupt or illegal practices

You do not need any formal qualifications to become a Councillor.

Standing as a Councillor for a political party

You do not need to be a member of a political party to stand as a Councillor. You will be classed as an independent. The majority of people become Councillors as a result of joining a political party.

If you are thinking of standing as a candidate for a particular political party then you will need to be a member of that party's local organisation.

The independent group of the Local Government Association (LGA) has prepared a helpful guide for Councillors and candidates (please see below).

What do I do next?

Once you have decided to stand for election as a Councillor, you will need to contact the Electoral Services team who will provide you with a Nomination Pack for completion. 

You will need to be proposed and then seconded by another person, followed by another 8 people (known as assentors) to your nomination making a total of 10 people to support you.

Full details of the electoral process including the nomination procedure are available on request using the contact form below.

Last updated 16 February 2022
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