Candidates and agents information
Most candidates stand as a member of a political party, but you can stand for election as an independent candidate (ie without belonging to any political party).
To stand for election as a councillor for Trafford Council you must:
- Be 18 years old or over on the day of your nomination
- Be a British citizen, an EU citizen, or a Commonwealth citizen
- Not be disqualified from holding office
Candidates also have to meet one or more of the following criteria;
- Be registered to vote in and/or have either lived or worked in the Trafford area for at least one year
- Have occupied, as owner or tenant, any land or other premises in the Trafford area for at least one year
Further information about the qualification and disqualification requirements is set out in the Electoral Commission’s guidance.
Standing as a member of a political party
If you want to stand as a candidate for a political party, contact that party to discuss their requirements for standing.
Standing as an independent candidate
If you have questions about standing as an independent candidate, the Local Government Association Independent Group may be able to help.
Expressing an interest in standing
If you would like to stand for election in Trafford you should register your interest by email to email@example.com or call 0161 912 4259.
You must submit a set of valid nomination papers to stand for election.
You will need two people;
- one to propose you (a nomination)
- and the other to second the nomination.
You will also need to find a further two people to act as assentors to your nomination (ie, they agree that you will be a suitable candidate and are prepared to sign a document to confirm this). All these people need to be on the electoral register in the relevant ward.
If you want to stand as a candidate for a political party you must submit a certificate of authorisation that allows you to use the party's name or a registered description on ballot papers. You will also need to submit an emblem request if you wish for the party emblem to appear on ballot papers.
The Electoral Commission has produced guidance for candidates and agents for both political party and independent candidates.