Becoming a councillor is a great way to represent and make positive changes to your local community.
You can either stand as an independent, or as a representative of a political party. If you want to represent a party, you will first need to join one and ask them to select you as their candidate for your area. In order to stand as a candidate at district level you must meet certain qualifications.
The qualifications for standing as a candidate in a local government elections are as follows:
- a person must not be disqualified from holding office
- must be a British or Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the republic of Ireland or of the European Union
- be 18 years of age
They must also meet one of the following criteria:
- be a local government elector for the area
- occupied land or property in the area for the last 12 months
- worked in the area for the last year
- resided in the area for the whole of the last 12 months
In order to stand a candidate must submit to the returning officer a nomination paper signed by 10 local government electors for the area by a statutory deadline.