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Candidates standing in an election

You can stand as a candidate in 3 different types of elections:

  • local elections
  • UK parliamentary elections (general elections)
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections

Most candidates are nominated through a political party. However, individuals are welcome to stand in their own right.


Who can stand as a candidate?

In local borough elections you can stand as a candidate if you are:

  • a British citizen, a citizen of the Irish Republic, the Commonwealth, or another member state of the European Union
  • at least 18 years old on the day you submit your nomination papers

You also must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • you are a registered local government elector in the Chorley borough, both on the day you are nominated and election day. You can check whether you are registered by emailing us at or calling 01257 515132
  • you have lived in the borough for a period of 12 months prior to nomination
  • your main or only place of work has been in the borough for a period of 12 months prior to nomination
  • you have occupied, either as an owner, a tenant, any land or premises in the borough for a period of 12 months prior to nomination

You cannot be a candidate if you:

  • are employed by or hold a paid office in the council (including any joint boards or committees)
  • are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order
  • have been sentenced to a prison term of 3 months or more, without the option of a fine, at any time during the last 5 years
  • have been convicted or reported guilty of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court

There may also be other reasons that prevent you from being a candidate.  View further detailed information about standing as a candidate in all elections on the electoral commission website.


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