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Become a candidate

Last updated on: 16-Oct-2020

2. Become a Gravesham councillor

To stand for election to become a Gravesham councillor, you need to be:

  • at least 18 years old – there is no maximum age limit
  • a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of a member state of the European Union
  • registered as a local government elector in the Borough of Gravesham; or have lived or had your principal place of work in the Borough for 12 months before standing; or have been an owner or tenant of any land or premises in the borough for at least 12 months before standing.

You do not need any formal qualifications to stand as a councillor, but you cannot stand if:

  • you work for Gravesham Borough Council
  • you hold a politically restricted post for another organisation
  • you are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order
  • you have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more within five years before the election, or
  • you have been disqualified under any legislation relating to corrupt or illegal electoral practices

Questions

Do I have to belong to a political party or group?

You do not have to belong to a political party to stand for election. It is possible to stand as an independent (a candidate who does not belong to a particular political party). However, if you're thinking of standing as a candidate for a particular party then you will need to be a member of that party's local organisation

How long will I be a councillor?

The term of office is four years. At the end of this time you can retire or stand for re-election.

How do I stand as a councillor?

Guidance on becoming a local councillor is produced by the Electoral Commission, where you can access the nomination forms to stand as a local councillor.

How do I find out more information?

Briefing sessions for potential candidates and their agents are held prior to local elections here at the Civic Centre, Gravesend. The briefings cover the nomination process to be followed and the arrangements for polling day and the count.

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