A candidate who is standing on behalf of a registered political party will need to submit:-
At the close of nominations the candidate will be notified as to whether or not the nomination is valid. Any candidate wishing to withdraw their nomination must do so by noon on the 16th working day before the election.
Any person wanting to stand for election can arrange a meeting with Electoral Services.
Each candidate must submit a nomination paper, which requires 10 signatures:- a proposer, a seconder and eight assentors who must be local government electors within the ward they wish to represent. The nomination paper must be delivered before the date given on the Notice of Election.
There are no formal qualifications needed to become a councillor, however, to stand validly nominated a candidate must fulfil the following:
A nomination is not valid unless accompanied by a consent to nomination. The candidate must sign a declaration to the effect that he/she is qualified to stand and the consent must be verified by a witness.
Another person can act as an election agent for a candidate. They must complete an appointment of election agent and that appointed agent must sign a declaration of acceptance. If no such application is received the candidate will be deemed to be acting as their own agent.
The election agent is entitled to attend polling stations, the opening of postal ballot papers, the verification and the count. He/she is responsible for all acts involved in carrying out the election on behalf of the candidate and has a duty to ensure the campaign is conducted according to the law. In particular the election agent is responsible for the financial management of the election campaign and for ensuring that the declarations and returns of expenses incurred by and on behalf of the candidate are delivered to the appropriate officer.