Councillors play a very important role in society, giving a voice to their community and helping to shape future services for the benefit of local people. Local democracy in Oxford will be strengthened by attracting people from a broad range of backgrounds to stand as a candidate to represent their community as a councillor.
Councillors have a wide ranging role, but their duties include:
Almost anyone can stand as a local councillor, as long as they:
The majority of councillor candidates stand as representatives of political parties but anyone is entitled to stand as a candidate provided they meet the qualifications. Details of elections and by-elections are publicised as they occur.
Each candidate must be nominated by a separate nomination paper, signed by 10 registered electors of the ward in which they wish to stand.
If you want to stand as a candidate for a registered political party, you are also required to submit a certificate from the party's nominating officer, authorising your candidacy and use of the party's description and emblem.
If you are standing independently, you can only describe yourself as "Independent" or give no description at all.
You must also give your consent to your nomination, in writing.
All these documents must be submitted to the Returning Officer by noon, 19 working days before polling day.
No deposit is required to stand in local elections.
More information about standing for election to the Council can be obtained by contacting our Elections Office.
If you are interested in standing in any election to the Council, please let the elections office know as soon as possible and they will be able to send you details, the various forms and the detailed election timetable when they become available.
Further details are available on The Electoral Commission's website.
Page last reviewed 7 Dec 2010