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Running for office

Electoral Services can provide information about the procedures for standing as a Candidate at elections and all the necessary forms.

To stand as a candidate at an election to the City of Wolverhampton Council you have to complete a Nomination Paper endorsed with ten signatures of electors who are registered in the ward in which you wish to stand. 

Qualifications for standing in a Local Government Election

To qualify as a candidate in a city council election you must sign a declaration stating that on the day of the election you will be able to meet at least one of the following qualifications:

  • you must be registered as a local government elector in the Register of Electors for Wolverhampton
  • you must have owned land or premises in Wolverhampton for the whole of the 12 months preceding the day* of your nomination
  • you must have had your principle or only place of work in Wolverhampton for the whole of the 12 months preceding the day* of your nomination
  • you must have lived in Wolverhampton for the whole of the 12 months preceding the day* of your nomination

* the day of your nomination will be the day your Nomination Paper is endorsed with ten signatures 

Disqualifications for being elected as a Councillor

Under the Local Government Act 1972 certain persons are disqualified from holding office as a Councillor.  In most cases these are persons who work for and are paid by a local authority and are not allowed to be elected as a Councillor for the same local authority.

Here you can find more information about standing for election.