Guidance for Candidates at Parish council elections in England

Completing your nomination papers

To become nominated as a candidate at a parish council election in England, you need to submit a completed set of nomination papers to the place fixed by the RO by 4pm, 19 working days before the poll.1   

This deadline is set out in law and cannot be changed for any reason.

The start date from which you will be able to submit nomination papers, as well as the times and place for delivery, will be set out in the notice of election published by the local RO.2
  
There are three nomination papers that you must submit to make your nomination valid:3

  • the nomination form
  • a home address form
  • your consent to nomination

The RO can hold your nomination paper invalid if the particulars of your nomination are not as required by law.  The RO can also reject your nomination if they conclude that it is clearly a sham, for example, if an obviously fictitious name is provided.

You can obtain nomination papers from the local elections office. Contact details can be obtained from our website https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter alternatively, the Commission has produced a set of nomination papers that you could use.

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.


If you or someone you trust are unable to complete the nomination form, the RO can help by preparing the form for your signature.4
 
The RO may also be able to offer informal checks of your completed nomination papers before you submit them. You should find out from the Returning Officer whether they plan to offer informal checks.

Note that any information you provide on your nomination papers must be true to the best of your knowledge. It is an offence to provide a false statement on your nomination papers. Providing a false statement could invalidate your election, and is also punishable by an unlimited fine and/or imprisonment.5

Last updated: 28 March 2024