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Be A County Councillor

4. Could I be a County Councillor?

The easy answer is "almost definitely".   As long as you are:

  • British or an eligible citizen of the Commonwealth or a citizen of any member state of the European Union
  • At least 18 years old
  • Able to meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

1. You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the local authority area in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.

2. You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

3. Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the local authority area.

4. You have lived in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

You can't be a County Councillor if you:

  • Work for Buckinghamshire County Council, or for another local authority in a political restricted post
  • Are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order
  • Have been sentenced to prison for three months or more (including suspended sentences) during the 5 years before election day
  • Have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court

If you are in any doubt about whether you are eligible to stand as a County Councillor, you should contact the electoral services team at your local District Council for advice or go online to Electoral Commission - candidates and agents guidance, where you can find more information about standing as a candidate.

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Last updated: 8 December 2017

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