Becoming a councillor

Nomination process to stand as a candidate

If you want to stand as a candidate, you should fill in a nomination paper.

First you must find 2 registered electors from the ward – known as 'subscribers' – who will support you.

Once you have found your subscribers you must:

  • make sure they are on the electoral register
  • ask them to sign your nomination paper
  • sign and fill in a consent to nomination form
  • complete the home address form and relevant papers
  • hand in your forms by the deadline

Subscribers must be included in electoral register on the 25th working day before the poll. Working days are Monday to Friday, not including public holidays.

You can download a nomination paper and a consent to nomination form from the Electoral Commission website.

Next steps

To support people who want to stand as candidates, we will:

  • hold a meeting to provide information
  • supply blank nomination papers
  • provide an election timetable

You can ask us to:

When to hand in your nomination paper

We run each election to a legal timetable. The timetable is published on our election dates page, together with election notices.

We will publish on our website and the notice board outside our offices in New Road, Grays:

  • the date to begin handing in your papers
  • the closing date and time
  • where to hand in your papers
  • how to get your papers checked
  • a list of other candidates in your ward

Managing the process

The person in charge of elections is known as the Returning Officer. The Returning Officer for elections in Thurrock is the Chief Executive. The Returning Officer will name people to deal with issues on their behalf at election time.

There may be different rules for parliamentary elections and referendums.