Am I eligible to stand for election?

  • You are eligible to stand as a councillor if:
  • You are 18 years old or more when nominated;
  • You are a British, Irish or European citizen, or a qualifying Commonwealth citizen; and
  • You meet one or more of the following criteria

a)    You are registered as a local government elector for the area of the Surrey Heath borough

b)    You have during the whole of the 12 months preceding that day or those days occupied as owner or tenant the following land or other premises in that area

c)    your principal or only place of work during those 12 months has been in Surrey Heath borough

d)    You have during the whole of those 12 months resided in Surrey Heath borough.

In addition, you will be disqualified from standing for election if one or more of the following factors apply:

  1. You are employed by the local authority or hold a paid office under the authority (including joint boards or committees). Note that you may be ‘employed by the local authority’ if, for example, you work at certain schools, fire services, police or health services. This list is not exhaustive.
  2. You hold a politically restricted post.
  3. You are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order.
  4. You have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence), without the option of a fine, during the five years before polling day.
  5. You have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (which covers corrupt or illegal electoral practices and offences relating to donations). The disqualification for an illegal practice begins from the date a person has been reported guilty by an election court or convicted and lasts for three years. The disqualification for a corrupt practice begins from the date a person has been reported guilty by an election court or convicted and lasts for five years.

Further information can be viewed on the Electoral Commission’s website.