You can either stand as a representative of a political party (with the authorisation of the party) or as an independent candidate.

You can find out more about how local democracy works.

To stand in any election, you must be 18 or over on the day of nomination, and be:

  • a British citizen, or
  • an eligible Commonwealth citizen, or
  • a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or
  • a qualifying EU citizen, or
  • an EU citizen with retained rights

We will hold an online briefing sessions on Thursday 30 May at 7pm potential candidates and their agents.

This session will cover:

  • submitting your nomination papers
  • key election deadlines
  • how we will communicate with you
  • the count

You can register your interest now.

Parliamentary elections take place every five years. You can find out more about what MPs do.

To stand for election as a parliamentary candidate, you must fufill the requirements previously stated.

There is no legal requirement for you to be a registered elector in the UK.  

You are not allowed to stand if you are: 

  • a civil servant
  • a judge
  • a member of the armed forces or police
  • sit in the House of Lords

Elections for district and county councils take place every four years. you can find out more about what councillors do.

To stand for district council elections, you must fufill the requirements previously stated and have the support of at least 10 electors for the ward in which you are going to stand.

You must also have either:

  • lived in the area for at least 12 months before your nomination
  • registered as a local government elector within the Chelmsford borough area
  • rented or owned land that you have occupied in the Chelmsford area for 12 months before your nomination
  • had your main employment within the Chelmsford area for 12 months before your nomination

You can also read more about who can stand for county council elections.

Elections for parish and other local councils take place every four years, but they are not always contested. You can find out more about what parish councils do.

To stand for parish council elections, you must fufill the requirements previously stated and have the support of at least two electors for the parish ward in which you are going to stand.

You must also have either:

  • registered as a local government elector within the parish or parish ward area, or
  • rented or owned land that you have occupied in the parish or parish ward for 12 months before your nomination, or
  • had your main employment within the parish or parish ward area for 12 months before your nomination, or
  • lived in the parish or within three miles of it for the 12 months before your nomination

You are not allowed to stand as a candidate for any council elections if you:

  • are an employee of the council for which you are standing
  • are an employee of any local authority in a politically restricted post
  • are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order
  • have been convicted and received a prison sentence of three or more months within five years of election day
  • are disqualified under any legislation relating to corrupt or illegal practices in elections

Request a nomination pack now

When you request a nomination pack, we will send you:

  • a nomination form
  • a form for you to consent to the nomination

If you are standing for a registered political party, you will need a certificate from the party giving you permission to stand on their behalf.

You must return the completed nomination pack to the Returning Officer at the Civic Centre at least 19 working days before the election.

Informal submissions

You can upload your nomination pack for us to complete informal checks on them before you submit them formally.

Submit your forms for informal checks

Submitting your documents informally means we can review your forms before you come in. We can then let you know if there is anything missing or that you may need to change. This will avoid you having to come back for another appointment.

Formal submissions

When you are ready to submit your nomination formally, you (or someone you trust) can deliver your nomination packs to us in person at our Civic Centre offices.

It is best to book a slot with us to do this to make sure that a member of staff is available.

Book a slot to deliver your nomination packs

 

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