Guidance on standing for election

The Electoral Commission offers a range of advice and guidance for those who would like to stand for election. Their guides cover the following areas:

  • eligibility for standing
  • standing as an independent candidate
  • standing as a party candidate
  • spending and donations
  • the campaign
  • your right to attend key electoral events
  • what happens after the declaration of result 

The Local Government Association also publishes information about standing for election and being a councillor on their 'Be a Councillor' website.

Becoming a validly nominated candidate

A validly nominated candidate means that your name will appear on a ballot paper. You will need to submit a set of nomination forms, which are available from the Electoral Commission to the Returning Officer before 4pm on the deadline day for nominations.

You might have to pay a deposit depending on the type of election.

An election agent will need to be appointed  to manage your campaign and finances. If you do not appoint an agent, you will become your own agent by default. 

Contact Electoral Services

Town Hall
Pinstone Street
S1 2HH

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