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Standing for election

Who can stand for police and crime commissioner elections?

To be able to stand as a candidate at a Police and Crime Commissioner election in England (excluding London) and Wales, you must be:

  • at least 18 years old on the day of your nomination;

  • a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union, and

  • registered as a local government elector in a local council area that is within the police area in which you wish to stand, both at the time of your nomination and on polling day.

Disqualifications

You cannot stand for election if on the day of your nomination and on polling day:

  1. You have been nominated as a candidate at a Police and Crime Commissioner election taking place on the same day for a different police area;

  2. You have ever been convicted of an imprisonable offence. This disqualification applies even if you were not actually imprisoned for that offence, or the conviction has been spent;

  3. You are a police officer or are directly or indirectly employed by the police; 

  4. You are disqualified under certain provisions of the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975, (as amended), if you are a civil servant, a member of the armed forces or hold any judicial office specified in Part 1 of Schedule 1 of the House of Commons Disqualifications Act 1975 (as amended);

  5. You are a member of the legislature of any country or territory outside the UK;

  6. You are a member of staff of a local council that falls wholly or partly within the police area in which you wish to stand, or you are employed in an organisation that is under the control of a local council in the police area in which you wish to stand. Note that you may be employed by an organisation that is under the control of a local council, for example, if you work for certain fire services or health services. This list is not exhaustive. At a Police and Crime Commissioner election you are not treated as being employed by a local council if you work at a school (either as a teacher or a member of non-teaching staff) that is maintained or assisted by a local council. Elected members of councils are not disqualified from being elected at a Police and Crime Commissioner election;

  7. You are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order;

  8. You have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (as amended) if you have been convicted or have been reported guilty of a corrupt or illegal electoral practice or of an offence relating to donations, or under the Audit Commission Act 1998. The disqualification for an illegal practice begins from the date a person has been reported guilty by an election court or convicted and lasts for three years. The disqualification for a corrupt practice begins from the date a person has been reported guilty by an election court or convicted and lasts for five years.

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Who can stand for European parliamentary elections?

 There are two types of candidates at European Parliamentary elections. You may stand either as:

  •  an individual candidate, or

  •  if you wish to stand on behalf of a registered party, a candidate named on a party list

 

To be able to stand as a candidate at a European parliamentary election in Great Britain you must:

  • be at least 18 years old on the day of your nomination

  • be a British or Irish citizen; an eligible Commonwealth citizen; or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union resident in the UK or Gibraltar

 

As well as meeting the qualifications for standing for election, you must also not be disqualified from being elected as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). You will be disqualified if:

  • you are also disqualified from standing for election to the House of Commons (with some exceptions) 

  • you are a particular type of bankrupt 

  • you are detained in prison for more than a year or are subject to a particular court decision

 

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Who can stand in parliamentary elections?

Candidates must satisfy the following criteria on the day they are nominated and on polling day:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • either be a British citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • not be a candidate at an election for any other constituency where the date of poll is the same as for this election

There is no requirement to be a registered elector in the UK.

Disqualifications

Apart from meeting the qualifications for standing for election, certain post-holders are disqualified from becoming an MP, if at the time of nomination and on the day of the election they are:

  • civil servants
  • members of police forces
  • members of the armed forces
  • government-nominated directors of commercial companies
  • judges
  • members of the legislature of any country or territory outside the Commonwealth
  • peers who sit and can vote in the House of Lords
  • bishops of the Church of England (known as the Lords Spiritual) who are entitled to sit and vote in the House of Lords
  • a Member of the European Parliament 
  • you are currently subject to a bankruptcy restrictions order or debt relief restrictions order made by a court in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, or 
  • your estate has been sequestrated by a court in Scotland and you have not been discharged

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Who can stand in ward elections?

To be able to stand as a candidate at a local government election you must:

  • be at least 18 years old on the day of your nomination
  • be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union
  • 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; or
  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; or 
  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; or 
  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. 

Disqualifications

Certain people are disqualified from standing as a councillor if, at the time of nomination and on the day of the election:

  1. You are employed by the local authority or hold a paid office under the authority (including joint boards or committees). Note that you may be ‘employed by the local authority’, for example, if you work at certain schools, fire services, police or health services. This list is not exhaustive. 

  2. You hold a politically restricted post. 

  3. You are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order. 

  4. You have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence), without the option of a fine, during the five years before polling day.  

You have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (which covers corrupt or illegal electoral practices and offences relating to donations).

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Who can stand in parish elections? 

To be able to stand as a candidate at a local parish election you must:

  • be at least 18 years old on the day of your nomination
  • be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union
  • 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 town/parish area in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards; or

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

  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 town/parish area; or 

  4. You have lived in the town/parish area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election or within 4.8 kilometres (3 miles) of it. 

Disqualifications

Certain people are disqualified from standing as a councillor if, at the time of nomination and on the day of the election:

  1. You are employed by the parish/community council or hold a paid office under the parish/community council (including joint boards or committees)

  2. You are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order

  3. You have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence), without the option of a fine, during the five years before polling day

 

You have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (which covers corrupt or illegal electoral practices and offences relating to donations).

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Where can I find more information about standing for elections?

Fully comprehensive information is available on the Electoral Commission website at:

Electoral Commission (external website)

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