How to become a Parish Councillor

How to become a Candidate in the Parish Council Elections May 2019

Candidates are currently being invited to stand for the next 4-year term of office at the Parish Council.  The process is as follows:

You must be nominated to stand as a candidate and obtain a Candidate Nomination Pack from Kirklees Electoral Services, High Street Buildings, 3-5 Albion Street, Huddersfield HD1 2NG.  You can stand either as an independent candidate or represent one of the political parties.  To do the latter, you will need to obtain permission from the relevant party.

Eligibility

To be eligible you need to meet certain requirements: You must be a British, Commonwealth or other European Union Citizen and be 18 years old or older on the date you sign the form.  You must also meet one or more of 4 qualifications regarding residence / property ownership / place of work in the Parish or within 4.8 km of the boundary.  Full details are contained in the Nomination Pack.

Opening Hours for Return of Nomination Papers:

Monday to Friday, from Monday 25 March to Wednesday 3 April, between 9.00 am and 12.30 pm and between 1.30 pm and 4 pm.

The legal deadline for returning Nomination Papers is 4pm on 3 April.

When returning nomination papers, they need to be physically presented to a member of staff at Electoral Services for them to be checked before they are accepted.  People are advised to do this as soon as possible, so that any errors or omissions can be rectified before the deadline.  Papers cannot be submitted by post, fax, email or other electronic means.

It is not necessary to make an appointment, please just turn up at the office.  Waiting times vary as staff will also be attending to candidates for the Kirklees Council elections and all of the 5 Parish / Town Council elections.  The office is likely to be less busy at the start of the period when the papers are being accepted.

Election Timetable:

Nomination Papers Available

Now

Notice of Election

Friday 22 March

Return of Nomination Papers

From 25 March – 3 April

Polling Day

Thursday 2 May

Counting of the Votes

Friday 3 May (afternoon)

Deadline for Return of Expenses

Thursday 30 May