How do I become a Borough Councillor?

We have 60 councillors in Basingstoke and Deane. Each year, a third of these positions are up for election. This occurs for three consecutive years with a rest period on the fourth year.

For more comprehensive information regarding local elections, please visit the electoral Commission’s website.

If you require a copy of the register, you will need to formally request one by completing the form below:

PDF document Form to request a copy of the Electoral Register (PDF) [14 kb]

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must be qualified to stand for election. The Local Government Act 1972, Section 79, sets out the qualifications for standing as a candidate and the grounds for disqualification of a candidate.

You must be at least 18 years old on the day of nomination and must meet at least one of the qualifications below:

  • be on the electoral register for the district, or
  • have owned or rented land or other premises in the district for the whole of the previous year, or*
  • have worked in the district for the previous year, or
  • have lived in the district for the previous year.

*The previous year is calculated from the day the candidate is nominated for election. The candidate must be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of Republic of Ireland or a citizen of another Member State of the European Union.

You may be disqualified as a candidate if you:

  • hold a paid office under the local authority or a politically restricted post, as defined in Part I of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989,
  • have been declared bankrupt in the last five years and has not repaid your debts,
  • have been convicted of a criminal offence and sentenced to at least three months imprisonment (including any suspended sentence) within the previous five years, or
  • have been disqualified due to corrupt practices under the Representation of the People Act 1983 or the Audit Commission Act.

Nomination process

To stand as a candidate at any election a nomination paper must be submitted. The nomination paper gives details of name, address and political description (if any). You can download a nomination paper here.

Before you can be accepted as a candidate you must get 10 electors (one proposer, one seconder and eight assenters) to sign the nomination paper. Your subscribers must be on the Basingstoke and Deane electoral register that is in force on the 25th working day before the poll. If someone signs your nomination paper and they are not included on the relevant Register of Electors, the paper will not be valid.

If you are standing as a candidate, please take a look at the Guidance for Candidates and Agents at Local Elections for further information.

Guidance notes

Full name and home address must be included on the nominations. If desired, a description can be included. The description, if any, must consist of either:

  • no description whatsoever
  • the word "Independent". This word must be used on its own and cannot accompany any other word
  • a description (of not more than six words in length) which is the registered political party description.

Candidates cannot submit a nomination paper using a political party description unless they have their permission to do so and a certificate from them saying that they are authorised to use their description.

Agents do not have to be appointed. However, during an election some candidates appoint persons to assist them in their campaign.

More information on the appointment of polling and counting agents will be given once the decision is made to stand for election.

A successful candidate would be expected to follow the Councillors Code of Conduct.

For further guidance, please download the following information pack:

Application process

The nomination form to stand as a candidate is available from the Electoral Services Team. To apply for a form please contact the Electoral Services Team

There is no charge to stand as a candidate for election. However, any costs incurred by a candidate in standing for election will have to be paid by the candidate. Details of expenses will be supplied with the nomination form.

Contact us

  • Contact us online
  • 01256 844844
  • Civic Offices
    London Road
    Basingstoke
    RG21 4AH
  • Opening hours
    Monday to Thursday
    8.30am to 5pm
    Fridays
    8.30am to 4.30pm
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