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Stand for election

Information for potential candidates about standing for election.

Standing for Election

To become a councillor you need to stand for, and win, an election. You do not need
any specific qualifications to become a councillor but you do need to fulfil certain
criteria to be eligible.

To stand for election, on the day of nomination, you must be 18 or over and a UK, EU or commonwealth citizen [this may change for the 2019 Borough Council elections as a result of the UK leaving the EU].

You must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • be registered, and continue to be, as a local government elector for Rushcliffe from the day of your nomination onwards, or
  • have occupied (as owner or tenant) any land or premises in Rushcliffe during the whole of the 12 months before the day you are nominated and the day of election, or
  • your main or only place of work during the last 12 months, prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election, has been in Rushcliffe, or
  • you have lived in Rushcliffe during the whole of the last 12 months, before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

You can’t stand if you:

  • work for Rushcliffe Borough Council
  • hold a politically restricted post for another authority
  • have been sentenced to a prison sentence (including suspended sentences) of 3 months or more within 5 years prior to polling day
  • are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order
  • have been disqualified under any legislation relating to corrupt or illegal practices or offences relating to donations.

You don’t have to belong to a political party or group to stand for election. Rushcliffe has both councillors connected to a political party and those that stand as independents (candidates who do not belong to any olitical party); however, those working together as a party form the majority and lead the Council.

Make your voice heard - become a councillor

Rushcliffe has just published a new booklet called ’ Become a councillor’ for anyone interested in standing for election as a Borough or Parish Councillor. The booklet contains comprehensive advice on what it’s really like to be a councillor, why the role is important and the many reasons why people take up this role.  There are answers to many commonly-asked questions, the sort of things councillors do on a day-to-day basis, how much time is involved typically, training, payment and what to do next if people are interested.

You can find a copy of the booklet to download by clicking on the link below:

Become a councillor