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Becoming a candidate

Almost anyone can stand for election to the local council. As long as you meet the criteria below, and can find ten people to support your nomination, you may put your name forward and become a candidate.

If you would like to stand as a candidate at a local government election you must:

  • be at least 18 years old on the day of your nomination

  • be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union

  • meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

  1. you are, 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 and onwards;

  2. you 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;

  3. your main or only place of work during the last 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the local authority area;

  4. you 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.

You are disqualified from standing as a candidate if:

  • you are employed by the local authority, or hold a paid office under the authority (including joint boards or committees)

  • you hold a politically-restricted post

  • you are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order

  • you have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence), without the option of a fine, during the five years before the day of the election

  • you have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (which covers corrupt or illegal practices and offences relating to donations) or under the Audit Commission Act 1998.

You will find more details in the Electoral Commission’s latest guidance.

worddocuments icon Nomination pack for party candidates [220kb]

worddocuments icon Nomination pack for independent candidates [221kb]

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