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Candidates standing in an election

You can stand as a candidate in 3 different types of elections:

  • local elections
  • UK parliamentary elections (general elections)
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections

Most candidates are nominated through a political party. However, individuals are welcome to stand in their own right.

 

Who can stand as a candidate?

In local borough elections you can stand as a candidate if you are:

  • a British citizen, a citizen of the Irish Republic, the Commonwealth, or another member state of the European Union
  • at least 18 years old on the day you submit your nomination papers

You also must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • you are a registered local government elector in the Chorley borough, both on the day you are nominated and election day. You can check whether you are registered by emailing us at elections@chorley.gov.uk or calling 01257 515132
  • you have lived in the borough for a period of 12 months prior to nomination
  • your main or only place of work has been in the borough for a period of 12 months prior to nomination
  • you have occupied, either as an owner, a tenant, any land or premises in the borough for a period of 12 months prior to nomination
     

You cannot be a candidate if you:

  • are employed by or hold a paid office in the council (including any joint boards or committees)
  • are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order
  • have been sentenced to a prison term of 3 months or more, without the option of a fine, at any time during the last 5 years
  • have been convicted or reported guilty of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court

There may also be other reasons that prevent you from being a candidate.  View further detailed information about standing as a candidate in all elections on the electoral commission website.

 

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