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How to become a councillor

How does the vacancy process begin?

We advertise all councillor vacancies. An election is called once we receive a request for an election to be held which is signed by two registered electors of Allerdale.

The election must be held within 35 days (excluding bank holidays & weekends) from the date the election was called.

How do I stand in an election and who is eligible?

After the notice of election is published contact us to request a nomination pack.

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:

  • You 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 eight other assentors, each of these must live in the Ward you are putting up for.

What to do if you want to stand for a political party

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.

When would a contested election be called?

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.

More information

For more information visit the GOV.uk website.