City council elections will be held on Thursday 3 May 2018.

One third of Portsmouth City Council's seats will be up for re-election, which will comprise of one seat in each of the city's 14 wards.

The election will take place on Thursday 3 May and polling stations will be open from 7.00am to 10.00pm.

The list of candidates will be available by Monday 9 April.


Registering to vote or applying for a postal vote

If you are not registered to vote, you can register online at

The deadline for registering to vote at these elections is Tuesday 17 April. 

If you are unable to vote in person you can apply to vote by post, or appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.

If you wish to apply for a postal vote, please note that we must receive your application by 5.00pm Wednesday 18 April. Follow the link for further details on how to vote by post.

If you wish to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf, the deadline for applications is 5.00pm Wednesday 25 April.  If you wish to appoint a proxy, follow the link for further details how to vote by proxy.


Standing as a candidate at these elections

To stand as a candidate at the City Council elections, candidates need to complete the nomination process. As part of this process prospective candidates need 10 registered electors from the relevant ward to support their nomination.

The Returning Officer is holding a briefing session for candidates and agents at 5.00pm on Monday 19 March. Nomination packs will be available at this session.

If you would like to attend this session, please contact the Returning Officer at

The nomination process starts on 28 March and closes at 4.00pm on Friday 6 April.

Further information on standing as an election candidate is available from the Electoral Commission

 If you have any questions concerning the above issues, or about elections or voting in general, please contact the Election Services Office by email at or by phone on 023 9283 4074

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