Standing for Election - Local Elections

The next Scheduled Local Elections will take place the first Thursday in May 2019.


To stand for election as a councillor for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, you must:

  • Be 18 years old or over on the day of your nomination
  • Be a British citizen, an EU citizen, or a Commonwealth citizen
  • Be registered to vote in and/or have either lived or worked in the Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council area for at least one year
Further information about the qualification and disqualification requirements is set out in the Electoral Commissions guidance.

Nomination Process

In order to stand for election, you must submit a set of valid nomination papers once the election has been called. Please contact Electoral Services on 01642 444410 to receive a pack or download a copy from the Electoral Commission (under 2a or 2b resources)

Your nomination pack will include:

  • A copy of the Electoral Commissions Guidance for Candidates and Agents
  • Nomination paper
  • Consent to nomination
  • Appointment of election agent
  • Statutory timetable of events
  • Emblem request form (if standing on behalf of a political party)
  • Candidate request form for a free copy of the electoral register
You can also request:
  • A ward map
  • List of polling stations for the area you wish to stand in
If you want to stand as a candidate for a political party, please get in touch with your local branch. You will be required to submit a certificate of authorisation, which allows you to use the partys name or a registered description on ballot papers. You will also need to submit an emblem request for if you wish for the party emblem to appear on ballot papers.

The Electoral Commission has substantial guidance for candidates and agents, which you should read.

All candidates and agents are invited to briefing sessions run by Electoral Services please contact 01642 444410 for details.

Nomination papers must be delivered in person to Electoral Services, Redcar & Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart, Ridley Street, Redcar, TS10 1TD between the dates and times stipulated on the Notice of Election.

Please note that papers nomination papers cannot be delivered on bank holidays or weekends.

The Returning Officer has no discretion to accept any nomination papers submitted outside of these times.

It is very important that your nomination papers are completed correctly. The Elections Team offer an informal checking service for all nomination papers before they are submitted. We strongly recommend that you use this service.

Access to the Electoral Register

Each candidate is entitled to a free copy of the electoral register and absent voter list for the ward they are contesting. You can choose to have this information in either data or paper format.

In law, the earliest date that a person can become a candidate is the date the Notice of Election is published and copies of the register will be available to candidates from this date.

In order to receive a free copy of the register you must complete and return a candidate register request form.

Contact Us: Candidates and Agents

To find out more, contact us via telephone on 01642 444410

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