City Council elections will be held on Thursday 2 May 2019.

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 2 May and polling stations will be open from 7.00am to 10.00pm.

View the list of candidates.

Registering to vote or applying for a postal vote

If you are not registered to vote, you can register online on the website. The deadline for registering to vote at these elections is Friday 12 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 Monday 15 April.
  • If you wish to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf, the deadline for applications is 5.00pm Wednesday 24 April.

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, please contact the Returning Officer at

The nomination process starts on 27 March and closes at 4.00pm on Wednesday 3 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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