Guidance for Candidates and Agents at local government elections in England

The nomination form

Your name and description (if you choose to use one) should be written on the nomination form before you ask subscribers to sign the form.

The nomination form must be completed in English.

There are different nomination papers for elections held on 2 May 2024 and for those held on or after 7 May 2024. Please make sure you use the correct version, depending on when the poll will be held. Using the wrong nominations pack may cause your nomination to be rejected.

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The form must contain:

 Your full name1

  • This means your surname and other names in full. 
  • Using initials only could lead to your nomination paper being rejected. 
  • Do not use prefixes such as Mr, Mrs, Dr or Cllr as part of your name. 
  • The same applies to suffixes. However, if you have a title, you can use this as your full name. For example, if your actual name is Joseph Smith but your hereditary title is Joseph Avon, you can use the name Joseph Avon as your full name. 

Signatures of two registered electors2

  • Also known as subscribers from the ward.
  • Your subscribers must be on the local government electoral register, in the ward you are planning to contest, that is in force on 25 working days before the poll. For more information on see our guidance on subscribers.

Description

You can also choose to use a description on your nomination paper.  The type of description you can use depends on whether you are an independent or party candidate.

Independent CandidatesYou can only use “Independent” as your description.  
Political Party CandidatesIf you want to use a party name or description, you must also submit alongside your other nomination papers a certificate that shows that you are authorised to use the party’s name or description.  More information is set out in our guidance on standing on behalf of political parties

You do not have to use a description. If you choose not to use a description, you can leave the description field of the nomination form blank.

Last updated: 26 March 2024