The Council provides information on the process
of electoral nominations, and publishes a list of nominations for
upcoming local election.
How do I become a Councillor?
Eligibility for candidacy
Full elections are held in all wards every four
years and the next scheduled elections are May 2015. You can be a
candidate if you are over 18, on the electoral register, and have
lived, worked or owned property in the area for at least the past
You may be disqualified as a candidate if you
work for The Council or hold a politically restricted post with
another local authority. Bankruptcy or a previous criminal
conviction with a three-month or more prison sentence would also
disqualify you as a candidate.
Most candidates are nominated through a
political party. However, individuals are welcome to stand in their
own right. Before you can be accepted as a candidate you must get
one person to agree to propose your nomination, another person to
agree to second the proposal and eight assentors. All of these
people must be on the electoral register.
Application for Nomination
The legal forms, nomination forms, needed to
stand as a candidate in an election are available from the
Electoral Registration Office around two weeks before an election
The documents below are sample documents used
for providing a nomination for the election of a district
councillor and a candidates guide.
How to contact us
Telephone: 01442 228230