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Becoming a Local Councillor

 If you wanted to stand as a Councillor in Dartford you would need to be:

  • at least 18 years old – there is no maximum age limit

  • registered as a local government elector in the Borough of Dartford; or have lived or had your principal place of work in the borough for 12 months before standing; or have been an owner or tenant of any land or premises in the borough for a least 12 months before standing.

You do not need any formal qualifications to stand as a councillor, but you cannot stand if:

  • you work for your local council

  • hold a politically restricted post for another organisation

  • are subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order,

  • if you have served a prison sentence (including suspended sentences) of three months or more within five years prior to the election,

  • or you have been disqualified under any legislation relating to corrupt or illegal practices

Do I have to belong to a political party or group?
You do not have to belong to a political party to stand for election.  It is possible to stand as an independent (a candidate who does not belong to a particular political party).    However, if you're thinking of standing as a candidate for a particular party then you will need to be a member of that party's local organisation

How long will I be a councillor?
The term of office is four years. At the end of this time you can retire or stand for re-election. The next Dartford Borough Council Elections will take place on 7 May 2015.

How do I stand as a Councillor?
Guidance on becoming a Local Councillor is produced by the Electoral Commission, click here for more details:

 Nomination forms to stand as a Local Councillor for Dartford Borough Council can be downloaded here PDF, 205.23 KB

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