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Elections 2021

Standing for election

It’s straightforward to stand for election. There are certain legal criteria you have to meet, and you need to demonstrate that you will have some support in the area you want to stand, but if you can do that then you can stand!

You don’t have to have the backing of a political party either; you could stand as an independent candidate. There’s lots of advice from the Electoral Commission about what you need to do to stand for election which you can find here

https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/local-elections-england

This is also where you can find the forms you’ll need to complete in order to stand for election.

There are a few forms you need to complete that outline things like how your name appears on the ballot paper, the qualifications you meet to stand for election, and, if you’re standing as a party candidate, that you have the authorisation to do so. You’d also need to meet the following criteria:

  • You’re at least 18 years old
  • You’re a British, Commonwealth, Irish or EU citizen
  • You’re a registered elector, or
  • You’ve lived or worked in the council’s area for the last 12 months, or
  • You’ve occupied land or other premises within the council area

If you’re a candidate for a parish election, you can also qualify if:

  • You live within 3 miles of the parish boundary

For more advice about how to stand and how to complete your nomination forms, watch the following videos:

Town and Parish Councils – How to complete your nomination form - YouTube

If you have any other questions, please ask your local elections office for advice