Becoming a Councillor
If you are passionate about your local community, we need you. Councillors make a huge difference to the quality of life of local people and how local issues are dealt with. We need people from all backgrounds and experiences who reflect the communities they serve to put themselves forward for election.
If you are considering standing as a councillor you can find out more on the Be a Councillor website, or by visiting The Electoral Commission guide to becoming a candidate or agent
Standing in the elections on 6 May
On 6 May this year residents in West Northamptonshire will be able to elect councillors to serve on the new West Northamptonshire Council.
A total of 93 councillors will be elected to the new Council, which replaces the existing district, borough and county councils across the west Northamptonshire area on 1 April 2021.
Elections are also due to take place that day to elect representatives for up to 165 town/parish councils across West Northamptonshire.
Please note that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the way we handle your nominations to stand as candidates in the above elections will be different this year. For more information please download our nomination guidance for agents and candidates.
Elections briefing – 3 March
An online briefing session was held on 3 March to give candidates and agents an overview of the nominations process, key electoral information, dates and deadlines as well as setting out important details about the Covid safety measures being planned for candidates and agents.
If you missed it you can watch a recording of the candidates and agents briefing here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaUD5P3MPVQ
To stand in the elections on 6 May you will need to complete and submit a nomination form. Nomination forms for these elections will be made available from 3 March, via the following means:
- Download a nomination form from the Electoral Commission’s website
- Email us on email@example.com letting us know how many forms you need. We can send the forms to an address of your choosing.
Checking your nomination form
The period for formal submission of your nomination forms runs from 10:00am on Friday 26 March until 4:00pm on Thursday 8 April.
From 9 March (parish elections) and 11 March (West Northamptonshire Council elections) you will be able to send your nomination forms to us for informal checking. Please take a photograph of your forms or scan them before emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your submission must be easily readable and include the nomination form and the consent to nomination form, plus any others needed – for instance if you are a member of a political party.
If you are unable to send your forms electronically, we can make other arrangements for you to bring them in, but this would be the last resort.
Submitting your nomination
Once your nominations have been informally checked and we have notified you that they are valid, you can make an appointment to hand them to us at The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester NN12 6AD. The law around this has not changed and forms must be hand delivered - either by the candidate, agent or another trusted person.
Appointments can be made between 10:00am and 4:00pm on any working day from Friday 26 March to Thursday 8 April.
Please make an appointment by emailing email@example.com If you wish, you can make your appointment in advance after the briefing on 3 March but we do need to have received your nomination papers electronically and have validated them before the appointment can take place.
Instructions for your appointment will be sent you once the appointment is confirmed.
Please remember - the deadline to submit nomination forms is 4:00pm on Thursday 8 April.
For more information about acting as an agent or candidate in the elections on 6 May please download our nomination guidance for agents and candidates