In order to become a councillor you firstly need to stand for an election as a candidate, and be voted in by the eligible electors for that area.
For District Council elections you will need ten electors registered in the ward for which you wish to stand, to sign your nomination paper. One as proposer, one as seconder and eight assentors.
For Parish Council elections you will need a proposer and a seconder each of whom must be electors registered in the Parish or Parish ward.
Nomination papers are handed out by the Returning Officer prior to an election.
There are a number of qualifications that you have to meet before you can stand for election to be a councillor and these are outlined below.
Please note that the following is intended as an introductory guide only. You should also consult the latest guidance for Local Government candidates issued by the Electoral Commission and you should read the contents of the nomination pack issued by the Returning Officer at Ashfield District Council before an election for greater detail.
Full details can be found on the Electoral Commission website.
To qualify to be a candidate for a Local Government election, on the day of nomination and on the day of the election you must be:
In addition, you must also meet at least one of the following on the day of nomination and the day of the election:
You cannot stand for election if: