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How to become a councillor

When a vacancy arises on the council we advertise the vacancy and then need to receive a request for an election to be held signed by two registered electors of Allerdale.

An election timetable is then compiled, The election must be held within 35 days (excluding bank holidays & weekends) from the date the election was called.

After the notice of election is published you can request a nomination pack from us, the date this has to be returned to us appears on the timetable.

There are certain things you must qualify under in order to make your nomination valid, you can stand to be a councillor if:
  • You are 18 years old or older on Election day.
  • You are a British, Commonwealth or Irish Citizen of another Member State of the European Union.

AND

  • You are registered as a voter in the Borough of Allerdale OR
  • You are the owner or tenant of any land or premises  in the Borough OR
  • Your principal or only place of work for the past 12 months or more has been in the Borough of Allerdale OR
  • You have lived in the Borough of Allerdale for the past 12 months

You cannot stand for election if:

  • Your work for a Local Authority or hold a politically restricted post
  • Are an undischarged bankrupt
  • Have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the past 5 years
  • Have been disqualified under any enactment relating to corrupt illegal practices

Once you are certain you qualify you must have your nomination paper signed by a proposer, a seconder and 8 other assentors, each of these must live in the Ward you are putting up for.

If you wish to stand for a registered political party you must be authorised to do so and authorised to use their party logo, if not you would have to stand as Independent.

If we receive more valid nominations than there are vacancies then we would proceed with an election, if not you will automatically be elected as a councillor.

For further information on becoming a councillor please see our leaflet in the downloadable documents section below.

The electoral commission has produced guidance to assist prospective candidates in the nomination process, the election day itself and election expenses. For more information visit the IDEA website which provides information on how to become a councillor, electoral participation and councillor training.

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