How to become a councillorLast updated: 26 November 2009 11:25
Local elections take place three out of every four years in order to re-elect one third of the city council.
Portsmouth has 42 councillors, three for each of its 14 wards. One seat in every ward is contested at each election.
To qualify as a candidate for election to a local authority you must be aged at least 18 years and be a British citizen, a citizen of another Commonwealth country, a citizen of the Irish Republic, or a citizen of another member state of the European Union. You must also be registered as a local government elector for the local authority area in which you wish to stand, or have lived or worked or owned land or premises in the local authority area for the past 12 months.
There may be circumstances in which you are disqualified from being a councillor, for details of these please see the document below.
Most candidates are nominated through a political party. However, individuals are welcome to stand in their own right. Before you can be accepted as a candidate your nomination form must be signed by ten registered electors from the ward in which you are standing as a candidate.
To request a nomination form please contact:
Portsmouth City Council
Portsmouth PO1 2QR
You can also call 023 9283 4074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org