Election information for candidates and agents

You can stand as a councillor as long as you are:

  • British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or EU
  • at least 18 years old
  • registered to vote in this area (or live, work or own property here)

To stand for election (either for a political party or as an independent candidate) you will need to request a nomination pack by emailing the Elections team or calling them on 01227 862 007.

Council and parish elections 2 May 2019

Elections for all 39 Canterbury City Council seats and any contested parish council seats take place on Thursday 2 May. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.

A poll will only take place for parish councils if the number of candidates exceeds the number of vacant seats on that council. A councillor who is elected to serve on the parish council will begin their term of office on the fourth day after the election.

The returning officer for the elections is Colin Carmichael.

Nomination papers

We recommend you read the Electoral Commission's guidance for prospective candidates before completing your nomination. You need to return your nomination papers in person to the council offices between 9am on Monday 18 March and 4pm on Wednesday 3 April.