Guidance for Candidates at Parish council elections in England

Death of a candidate

If the RO is notified of a candidate’s death during the election campaign or even on polling day itself (but before the declaration of the result), the poll will be cancelled.1

The RO will in that case order a new election to fill the vacancy. The new polling day will be within 35 working days of the day fixed for the first election.2

Candidates already validly nominated do not have to be nominated a second time.3

Should a fellow candidate die during the campaign, the RO will provide you with further guidance.

If an already elected candidate dies after the declaration of the result, a by-election would be needed to fill the vacancy.

Last updated: 1 December 2023