Northampton Borough Council
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Candidate requirements


Candidate nominations are now closed for the 2015 elections


You can stand as a candidate in local elections, UK parliamentary elections and European parliamentary elections.


Full guidance for candidates and agents is provided by the The Electoral Commission This link goes to an external site - the independent body that regulates party and election finance, and sets standards for well-run elections.

You can stand as a candidate if you are over 18 and:

  • a British citizen
  • an eligible Commonwealth citizen
  • or a citizen of any member state of the European Union.

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

  • you are on the electoral register in the Northampton borough (and continue to be so)
  • you have lived in the borough for a period of 12 months prior to nomination
  • your main or only place of work has been in the borough for a period of 12 months prior to nomination
  • you have occupied, either as an owner or a tenant any land or premises in the borough for 12 months up to and including the day of your nomination and the day of election 

Did you know...

Although most candidates are nominated through political parties, individuals are welcome to stand in their own right.


Before you can be accepted as a candidate you must get:


  • One person to agree to propose your nomination
  • Another person to agree to second the proposal
  • A further 8 people to assent the nomination form

All of which must be registered in the ward for which you are proposing to become a candidate.

Please note...

There are a number of disqualifications that would prevent a person from standing for nomination.

More information on disqualifications This link goes to an external site

Further information and nomination packs

Information and nomination packs are available from the Electoral Services Office approximately 3 months prior to an election.

If you are interested in standing at an election you can request a nomination pack by contacting customer services on 0300 330 7000 or by e-mailing

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