By English law, candidate who is standing for election must submit to Electoral Services before the date given on the Notice of Election.:

  1. 18 years of age or over at the date of nomination.
  2. A commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a citizen of another Member State of the European Community; and
  3. A local government elector within the Borough; or have worked in the area for the last 12 months or, have lived, or owned land/property in the area for the last 12 months.
  4. A person is disqualified from being elected by reason of any disqualification set out in section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972 - Part V.

Nomination paper with 10 signatures:- a proposer, a seconder and eight assentors who are local government electors (voters) within the ward they wish to represent at the council.

A nomination is invalid unless it is accompanied by a consent to nomination form, signed by a witness, to prove they are legally entitled to stand and the consent must be verified by. They must also a election agent.

If they are standing for a political party, they must hand in a certificate of authorisation from the party they have joined or created and request to use the party emblem.

Candidates will be notified as to whether or not the nomination is valid at close of application time. Any candidate wishing to withdraw their nomination must do so by noon on the 16th working day (Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays) before the election.

All members of a council are legally required to complete a declaration of interest form, the details of which are the published annually. Examples are found at: [1] and [2].

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