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Standing as a Town and Parish Councillor

Standing as a Town and Parish Councillor

The Nomination Process

ALL candidates Candidates must be a British, Commonwealth, Irish or European Union citizen and aged 18 or over.

The nomination period is between 9.30 am and 4.00 pm on each working day from Wednesday 27 March 2019 until the close of nominations at 4.00pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019. This deadline cannot be extended for any reason. The nomination period is also the period during which you can withdraw your nomination.

Download the Nomination Pack

Candidate Information for May 2019

Election Timetable for May 2019

Town and Parish Guidance Booklet

Streets by Town and Parish Ward

List of available seats per ward

Request for Electoral Roll

Filling in your Nomination

The Nomination pack contains mandatory forms without which you cannot be nominated.

  • The Nomination Paper
  • Home address form
  • Consent to Nomination

Option forms

  • Appointment of Agents and Counting Agents
  • Authorisation to use Political Party Name
  • Authorisation to use Political Party Logo

The Nomination Paper requires the following:

  • Full name
  • Proposer, seconder must be registered electors from the Town or Parish (ward where appropriate). They must sign the nomination and include their electoral number. This number can be found on individual Poll Card or on the Clerks copy of the Electoral register.

Note: Supporters can support as many candidates as there are vacancies. 

The following are Optional

Description (maximum of 6 words). The description of a candidate is optional. If you wish to use a political party description you MUST provide the party’s authorisation. 

Commonly used surname or forename Candidates may choose to use either, provided that it is different from their full name eg:

Full name

Stephen Peter Smith

  • Stephen Smith - Not Allowed
  • Peter Smith - Not Allowed
  • Steve Smith - Allowed
  • Pete Smith - Allowed

Home Address Form

Part 1: This part MUST be completed
Part 2: This part is OPTIONAL - completion of part 2 will stop publication of your address on Ballot paper and Public Notices

Consent to the Nomination Form

A candidate must also complete the Consent to Nomination form which is included in the nomination pack. Candidates must fulfil and indicate at least one of the following qualification criteria:

  1. Be on the electoral register for the district.
  2. During the twelve months before close of nomination have owned or occupied land or property in the parish.
  3. During the twelve months before close of nominations have their main place of work in the district.
  4. During the twelve months before close of nominations reside in the parish or within 4.8 kilometres (3 miles) of it.

Forms must also include:

  • The consent form must be signed and dated by the candidate within 1 calendar month of close of the nominations.
  • Candidates Date of Birth
  • Witness signature (this can be any person including spouse, partner or relative known to the Candidate)


Whilst Legislation requires that All Nomination and Consent to Nomination forms must be hand delivered to the Returning Officer’s office, Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree, CM7 9HB it does not specify who actually completes the delivery. Candidates are however advised that following legal opinion the following methods of delivery are Not permitted: Electronic delivery Royal Mail

Certain people are disqualified from standing, and these include paid officers of the council, bankrupts and those subject to recent sentences of imprisonment.