How to stand as a parish/ town councillor

How to stand as a parish/ town councillor in East Northants

On Thursday, 7 May 2015, all seats on each of East Northamptonshire’s town and parish councils will be up for election for a four year term of office.

You should consider becoming a parish councillor if:

  • you want to do something positive for the community
  • you want to spend your time productively
  • you can think, listen and act locally, in the best interests of your parish
  • you want to give something back to your community

Almost anyone can become a councillor and parish councils currently have councillors from various walks of life. To stand for election on the day of nominations, you must be:

  • 18 or over;
  • a UK, Irish, EU or Commonwealth citizen; and
  • be registered to vote in your parish, or live, work in or occupy as owner or tenant some land or property in the parish.

To stand for election, you must complete these nomination papers. You will need to be proposed and seconded by two electors, who must be included in the electoral register for the parish for which you want to be a candidate.

You must return the form to the Elections Team at East Northamptonshire Council by 4pm on Thursday, 9 April 2015.

Nomination tips

  • The Electoral Commission’s website contains important information and guidance for candidates considering standing for election, which we recommend that all prospective candidates read.
  • This powerpoint presentation for candidates and agents includes useful dates
  • Do not leave it until the last minute to submit your forms in case there are mistakes which need rectifying
  • Make sure your forms are all returned by the deadline
  • We can provide you with a copy of the electoral register so that when collecting your ten signatures, you can make sure the name on the form matches the name and number on the list

  • Make sure the people who nominate you, only nominate you and no other candidate

Election timetable

There are a number of key dates to note if you want to stand for election as a parish councillor:


Date and Time


Submit a nomination paper

From Tuesday 24 March until Thursday 9 April between 10am and 4pm on each working day

East Northamptonshire Council

Deadline for submission of your nomination paper

Thursday 9 April at 4pm

East Northamptonshire Council

Last date to withdraw as a candidate for election

Thursday 9 April at 4pm

East Northamptonshire Council

Polling Day

Thursday 7 May between 7am and 10pm

Polling stations across East Northants

Verification of Votes

Thursday 7 May after 10pm

The Pemberton Centre, Rushden

Counting of Votes

Friday 8 May at 1.30pm



You will have to pay for all of your own publicity material, property, services or items that are used in your campaign. However, if you are a member of a political party or standing on behalf of an organisation you may find that they provide financial help for the campaign.

You must submit a statement of Election Expenses supported by receipts shortly after the election so you must keep all of your receipts.

Elections expenses are monitored by the Electoral Commission and must be submitted to the Elections Team at East Northamptonshire Council by Thursday, 4 June 2015.