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How to stand as a candidate

Guidance about how to become a councillor.

Prospective district election candidates

If you're thinking of standing as a candidate and would like further information or nomination papers, please contact us.

Prospective parish election candidates

Our briefings for parish clerks and prospective candidates in the parish elections have ended.

If you're thinking of standing as a candidate and would like further information or nomination papers, please contact us or contact the parish clerk.

Nomination papers

In order to stand as a candidate in the district or parish elections you must complete a set of nomination papers.

Nomination papers for the district elections can be collected from the Returning Officer at the below address, or you can download district election nomination papers from the Electoral Commission.

Nomination papers for the parish elections can be collected from the Clerk to the parish or town council in question. Find out how to contact your parish or town council clerk. Alternatively, you can download parish election nomination papers from the Electoral Commission.

Start date for nomination papers

The nomination period will start when we publish the Notice of Election on Friday 22 March.

You can collect and complete your nomination papers before this date, but we can't check or accept them before then.

Deadline for nomination papers

Nomination papers must be returned to us by 4pm on Wednesday 3 April.

Any papers received after this deadline will be ineligible and you won't be able to stand as a candidate.

Electoral Commission guidance for candidates and agents

The Electoral Commission is an independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance. They have produced detailed information for candidates and their agents, including nomination forms and how to comply with spending rules.

Their guidance covers standing for election, campaigning, accepting donation, spending money, your rights as a candidate (including access to election proceedings) and reporting after the election.

There is separate guidance for district elections and parish elections.

Electoral Commission guidance for candidates and agents for district elections

Electoral Commission guidance for candidates and agents for parish elections

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