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Be a Councillor

We provide information on the process of electoral nominations for all types of elections. We also publish a list of candidates for an election.

District ward and parish elections

District council and parish elections take place in Eden every four years. This is when all seats are open for election. The next district and parish elections are scheduled for May 2019. Vacancies can also occur mid-term for other of reasons. If this happens a by-election takes place. All elections are publicised. You do not need any formal qualifications to be a Councillor. As long as you meet the legal requirements you can stand.

To be a district councillor you must be:

  • 18 or over on the day of nomination;
  • a UK, Republic of Ireland, EU or qualifying Commonwealth citizen;

and meet at least one of the following four criteria:

  • be registered as an elector (and will continue to be) in the district; or
  • have lived in the district for the past twelve months; or
  • have occupied as owner or tenant any premises or land in the district for the past twelve months; or
  • have had your main or only place of work in the district for the past twelve months.

You cannot stand for election if:

  • you work for Eden District Council;
  • you hold a politically restricted post for another local authority;
  • you are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order;
  • you have within 5 years before the election been convicted in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man, of any offence that carries a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than three months without the option of a fine; or
  • you have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 for corrupt or illegal practices.

Some candidates stand for a political party, but many candidates at parish council elections stand in their own right. Candidates at district council elections can also stand in their own right.

Each candidate for a district election must be proposed and seconded by registered electors from the electoral area they wish to stand in and have an additional eight assenters. Nomination packs contain full information of all the requirements.

Related links

To find out more about being a councillor and local councils see links below: