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Standing for elections

What is the criteria for becoming a parish, town or East Riding of Yorkshire Council councillor?

To become a councillor of a town or parish council or of East Riding of Yorkshire Council you must be 18 years of age or over, and comply with at least one (or more) of the criteria below:

  • You are a registered elector for area that you wish to stand for

  • The area you wish to stand for is your principal or only place of work within the past 12 months or more

  • You have occupied land in the area you wish to stand for, either as an owner or tenant, within the past 12 months or more
  • You have resided in the area you wish to stand for within the past 12 months or more

 

To assess whether you fit the criteria to become a councillor, please refer to the Local Government Act 1972, which outlines the qualification details in full.

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How do I become a councillor?

To become a councillor you must put yourself forward for election. Unless a casual vacancy arises within a parish or ward, elections take place on the first Thursday in May once every four years.

To stand for election a nomination form must be completed by the person wishing to stand for election. These forms are made available on the relevant election's page in the run up to that election (or can be requested from electoral services).

Email: electoral.services@eastriding.gov.uk

Telephone: (01482) 393311 / 393312 / 393313

The Returning Officer
East Riding of Yorkshire
Electoral Services
County Hall
Beverley
HU17 9BA

Opening hours are between 9am and 5pm Monday to Thursday, and between 9am until 4pm on Fridays (excluding Bank Holidays).

To be nominated, you will require a 'proposer' and a 'seconder' for parish and town councils elections plus eight assentors if standing for election for East Riding of Yorkshire Council, all of whom must be electors of the ward for which you wish to stand for election.

The nominee must complete a Nomination Paper and ensure that it is returned by the specified date to:

The Returning Officer
East Riding of Yorkshire
County Hall
Beverley
HU17 9BA.

If an election is contested (there are more nominations than seats available), a poll will then take place on a specified date.

Visit the relevant elections page to view nomination papers and any other information on standing for an election as they are made available during the run up to an election.

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Where can I view more information or nomination forms for upcoming elections?

Nomination forms are made available in the run up to a specific election. Visit the following election pages for more information or to view nomination forms:

 

Alternatively nomination forms for specific elections can be requested from electoral services:

Email: electoral.services@eastriding.gov.uk

Telephone: (01482) 393311 / 393312 / 393313

The Returning Officer
East Riding of Yorkshire
Electoral Services
County Hall
Beverley
HU17 9BA

Opening hours are between 9am and 5pm Monday to Thursday, and between 9am until 4pm on a Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).

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