The Electoral Commission guidance includes notes to candidates and their agents about standing for election, and also provides nomination forms.

Potential City of York Councillor candidates

To be elected as a member of City of York Council you must be:

  • 18 years of age or over at the date of nomination, and
  • either a British Citizen, a Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or a citizen of another European Union State

and either:

  • be a local government elector for the City of York Council area, or
  • have occupied as owner or tenant any land or premises in the City of York Council area during the whole of the 12 months before your nomination as candidate, or
  • your principal or only place of work before the day of your nomination as a candidate has been in the City of York Council area, or
  • you have resided in the City of York Council area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination as a candidate

Potential Parish Councillor candidates

To be qualified to be elected as a member for a parish council a person must be:

  • 18 years of age or over at the date of their nomination, and
  • either a British Citizen, a Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a citizen of another European Union State.

And either:

  • are registered as a local government elector for the parish, or
  • have during the whole of the 12 months preceding the day of their nomination as candidate occupied as owner or tenant, land or other premises in the parish, or
  • their principal or only place of work during those 12 months has been in that parish, or
  • have during the whole of those 12 months resided in that parish or within 4.8 kilometres (3 miles) of the parish

The Electoral Commission provide free candidates' guides for all elections which are updated regularly.

Eligibility to stand for election

Certain people are not eligible to stand for election, including anyone who:

  • holds a paid office under the local authority or a politically restricted post, as defined in Part I of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.
  • has been adjudged bankrupt
  • has been sentenced to a term of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) of not less than 3 months, without the option of a fine, during the 5 years preceding the election
  • has been disqualified under any enactment relating to corrupt or illegal practice

Register of Electors for candidates

We can only issue copies of the Register of Electors to individual candidates after a Notice of Election is published.

A copy of the Register of Electors is available for inspection at West Offices for candidates to check electoral numbers for proposers, seconders or assentors to the nomination form.

Candidates can request a copy of the register (for the ward or parish they intend to stand for) after a Notice of Election is published, by completing a form in their nomination pack, or provided by the Electoral Commission, and returning it by email: register.requests@york.gov.uk.

Alternatively post completed forms requesting a copy of the Register of Electors to:

Deputy Returning Officer
Constantine Room,
West Offices
Station Rise
York
YO1 6GA

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