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Standing for election

Most candidates for Borough Council, County Council, Parliamentary and European Parliamentary elections are nominated through a political party. Individuals are, however, welcome to stand in their own right.

At Parish Council elections, some candidates are nominated by political parties, but most stand as independent candidates.

Before you can be accepted as a candidate you will need one person to agree to propose your nomination and another person to agree to second the proposal. Depending on the type of election, you may need a number of other people to act as "assentors" on your nomination paper. All of these people must be on the electoral register for the area in which you are to stand.

For more information and support for parish councils and standing as a parish councillor, please see the Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils website, contact the association by email or contact your local parish clerk.