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: