Stand for Election

 

Stand for election as a Member of Parliament

To be able to stand as a candidate at the UK Parliamentary General Election in the Richmond (Yorks) Constituency please contact Hambleton District Council (external link)

 

Stand for election as a District Councillor

Do you want to speak on behalf of your community?
Represent the interest and needs of local people?
Shape, direct and monitor local services in Richmondshire?
Do you feel you have skills you could contribution? Then why not become a Councillor!
 
What type of skills should a Councillor have?
  • be a good listener and be able to provide advice and help to local residents
  • have the ability to understand and consider detailed and often complex issues
  • be able to work in partnership with other Councillors on various committees or with representatives on external organisations for the good of the whole District
To be eligible to stand as a candidate a person must:
  • be 18 years of age or over at the date of nomination
  • be a British citizen, or a citizen of another Commonwealth Country, the Republic of Ireland or the European Union
On polling day and the day of nomination the person must:
  • be registered to vote with Richmondshire District; or
  • for the whole of the previous 12 months have lived or occupied land or premises or had their main place of work in Richmondshire.

No formal qualifications are required to become a Councillor and unlike the Parliamentary (General) Election, no deposit is required to stand as a candidate.

A person cannot stand for election if:
  • they are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction or interim order;
  • they are employed by Richmondshire District Council or certain other authorities with which it has close links;
  • they hold what is known as a 'politically restricted' post;
  • they have served a prison sentence (including a suspended sentence) of three months or more within five years of the election;
  • they have been disqualifed from holding office as a result of an election offence relating to corrupt or illegal practices.

A person is disqualified from being elected by reason of any disqualification set out in Section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972 - Part V.

 

A person wishing to stand as a candidate can either download the following documents or contact the Elections Team for a pack.

pdfNomination Pack - Reeth & Arkengarthdale Ward By-Election 18 May 2017 

pdfCandidates & Agents Guide - Nomination Process 

Candidates Guides

Guidance for candidates and agents - pdfOverview document

Parts 1 to 6 below are available from the Electoral Commission's website (external link) (County & District Candidates) 

  • Part 1 - Can you stand for election
  • Part 2a - Standing as an independent candidate
  • Part 2b - Standing as a party candidate
  • Part 3 - Spending and donations 
  • Part 4 - The Campaign
  • Part 5 - Your right to attend key electoral events
  • Part 6 - After the declaration of result 
Useful Guides 

Electoral Commission website - guidance as a candidate (external link)

pdfCandidate's Guide (created for May 2015 elections - contain useful information)

pdfA Role of District Councillor (created for May 2015 elections - contain useful information)

 pdfDistrict Ward Map

 

Stand for election as a Parish Councillor

To be able to stand as a candidate for a Parish Council you must:

  • be at least 18 years old on the date of your nomination
  • be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union
  • meet at least one of the following four qualifications:
    • you are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the Parish in which you wish to stand from the date of your nomination onwards
    • you have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the Parish area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election
    • your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the date of your nominations and the day of election has been in the Parish area
    • you have lived in the Parish area or wiithin 3 miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election

 

Apart from meeting the qualification for standing for election, you must also not be disqualified from standing.  There are certain people are disqualified from being elected to a Parish Council.

 

Stand for election as a County Councillor

Do you want to speak on behalf of your community?
Represent the interest and needs of local people?
Shape, direct and monitor local services in North Yorkshire?
Do you feel you have skills you could contribution? Then why not become a Councillor!
 
What type of skills should a Councillor have?
  • be a good listener and be able to provide advice and help to local residents
  • have the ability to understand and consider detailed and often complex issues
  • be able to work in partnership with other Councillors on various committees or with representatives on external organisations for the good of the whole County
To be eligible to stand as a candidate a person must:
  • be 18 years of age or over at the date of nomination
  • be a British citizen, or a citizen of another Commonwealth Country, the Republic of Ireland or the European Union
On polling day and the day of nomination the person must:
  • be registered to vote within North Yorkshire County; or
  • for the whole of the previous 12 months have lived or occupied land or premises or had their main place of work is in North Yorkshire County.

No formal qualifications are required to become a Councillor and unlike the Parliamentary (General) Election, no deposit is required to stand as a candidate.

A person cannot stand for election if:
  • they are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction or interim order;
  • they are employed by North Yorkshire Council or certain other authorities with which it has close links;
  • they hold what is known as a 'politically restricted' post;
  • they have served a prison sentence (including a suspended sentence) of three months or more within five years of the election;
  • they have been disqualifed from holding office as a result of an election offence relating to corrupt or illegal practices.

A person is disqualified from being elected by reason of any disqualification set out in Section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972 - Part V.

A person wishing to stand as a candidate can either download the following documents or contact the Elections Team for a pack.

pdfNomination Pack - County Council Elections 4 May 2017

 pdfCandidates & Agents Guide - Nomination Process

Candidates Guides

Guidance for candidates and agents - pdfOverview document

Parts 1 to 6 below are available from the Electoral Commission's website (external link) (County & District Candidates) 

  • Part 1 - Can you stand for election
  • Part 2a - Standing as an independent candidate
  • Part 2b - Standing as a party candidate
  • Part 3 - Spending and donations 
  • Part 4 - The Campaign
  • Part 5 - Your right to attend key electoral events
  • Part 6 - After the declaration of result 

Other guides/information is available from the Electoral Commission's website (external link) (Parish Candidates)

Other Information

Candidate Expenses Maximum Limits - £740.00 plus 6p per elector. NOTE: Maximum amount allowed to spend but no reimbursement of money spent.

pdfFigures for County Elections 

Other Background Information

pdfPolling Station List for County

Maps for District & Ward and County & Divisions (see Divisions, wards, polling district and polling stations page)

 Link to North Yorkshire County Council Election webpage (external link)

 

Contact Us

Richmondshire District Council
Mercury House
Station Road
Richmond
North Yorkshire
DL10 4JX

Phone: 01748 829100
Fax: 01748 826186
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