Full elections are held in all wards every four years. The last elections were held in May 2023.
Can I be a candidate?
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 12 months.
You may be disqualified as a candidate if you work for the Council or hold a politically restricted post with another local authority. A Bankruptcy Order 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 'assenters' (people who have signed the form sent by the Electoral Commission supporting your candidacy). All of these people must be on the electoral register for the area in which you stand.
Nomination forms and guidance
The nomination forms that you will need to stand as a candidate in an election are available from the Electoral Registration Office around 25 days before an election.
The document below is a sample document used for providing a nomination for the election of a district councillor and a candidates’ guide.
- Election of district councillor sample nomination paper (PDF 427KB)
- Candidates' guide on the Electoral Commission website.
Telephone: 01442 228000 and ask for "Electoral Services"