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Guidance on completing the Local Government elections nomination pack

This page includes guidance notes for people who are completing the nomination pack for the Local Government elections. 

Nomination paper - section one

  • The Surname (1b), Forename (1c) and Description (1f) must be filled in before any electors sign the nomination paper in Section Two
  • If you're standing on behalf of a registered political party the Description (part f) should be the name of the registered political party you are standing for and it must match the description stated on the Certificate of Authorisation issued by the party which is signed by the (Deputy) Nominating Officer.
  • If you are not standing on behalf of a registered political party the description must be 'Independent' or left blank.

Nomination paper - section two

  • Once section one is complete, the nomination must be supported by just two electors (lower than the normal 10 electors - a proposer, a seconder and 8 assentors), which is a temporary change to the nomination process due to COVID-19 
  • The supporters must be registered in the ward you are standing in and eligible to vote at Local Government election
  • Each column must be completed for every supporter:
    • Signature - the persons normal signature as they would sign a cheque
    • Name in capitals - as it appears in the register of electors
    • Polling District - two digit code (for example AA) which can be found at the top of each page in the register of electors
    • Elector number - the number to the left of the elector's name in the register of electors
  • You can request a copy of the register for the ward they are standing in to help complete the nomination paper

Home address form - part 1 

You must complete part 1 of the home address form.

  • You must give your home address and your qualifying address or addresses (which may be the same)
  • The qualification address(es) must be in South Tyneside and can be:
    • The address where you are registered to vote
    • The address that you have occupied as owner or tenant for the past 12 months
    • Your principle or only place of work
    • The address that you have lived in for the past 12 month
  • If more than one qualification applies you should give all applicable addresses.
  • You must give the name and address of the person who witnesses your consent to nomination.

Home address form - part 2

If you do not want your home address to be made public, you must fill part 2 of the form.

  • If part 2 is completed your home address will not appear on the statement of persons nominated, notice of poll or the ballot paper
  • Instead the name of the relevant area in which your home address is situated (or country, if outside the UK), will appear

Candidate's consent to nomination

You must complete the consent to nomination form indicating your qualification to stand for election in the Borough. 

  • You should tick the box to correspond with the sections you gave addresses for in part 1 of the on your home address form
  • You must give your date of birth and sign and date the consent form in the presence of a witness, who must also sign the form
  • By signing the form you declare that you are not disqualified - you must make sure that you read the guidance notes attached to the nomination paper before completing this form
  • The consent form must be submitted with the nomination paper, the date of consent must be within one month of submission

Certificate of authorisation

This form is only needed if you are standing on behalf of a registered political party.

  • The certificate of authorisation must be signed by the party's Nominating Officer or an appointed deputy
  • You can complete the form in the nomination pack, or supply a form or letter produced by the party and signed by the nominating officer (or deputy)

Request for party emblem

This form is also only needed if you are standing on behalf of a registered political party.

  • You must state which registered emblem you want to use (if the party has more than one)
  • You can complete the form in the nomination pack, or supply a form or letter produced by the party which you should sign to confirm the request

Appointment of election agent

You can appoint an election agent to act on your behalf.

  • The main responsibility of the election agent is to deal with election expenses and returns - all payments incurred by or on behalf of you as the candidate must be made by or through the election agent
  • Once an agent has signed their appointment, there is no provision for them to resign. This means they must fulfil the duties required of them unless you revoke the appointment
  • You can act as your own agent and will default to this if the appointment form is not submitted by the deadline

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