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Elections - Running for Office

The office of Councillor is a responsible position which can lead to personal fulfillment and a sense of real achievement while carrying out a range of duties in the service of the people of the Borough.

Becoming a Councillor in the Basildon Borough is an opportunity for you to make a real difference to the way the Council is run. Councillors decide on how the Council's budget should be spent and make important policy decisions about the provision of services and how the Council should carry out its functions and responsibilities.

Councillors also play a crucial role in the communities they represent and they make decisions which affect the lives of everyone in the Borough.

The Council has produced a guide on pdf icon Becoming a Councillor in Basildon [377kb] which gives further information on how to become a Councillor and what's involved in being a Councillor. 


A Councillor represents the people who live within an area called a 'ward'. Most people over the age of 18 who fulfil the criteria can stand for election.

To become a Councillor, you need to win a seat at a local election.

The main political parties select their own candidates for local elections. However, you do not have to be a member of a political party to stand for election.

To become a candidate you should be a British Citizen, a Commonwealth Citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a citizen of another Member State of the European Union.

You should also either:

  • be a registered local government elector within the Basildon Borough;
  • during the whole of the twelve months preceding the day on which you are nominated as a candidate, have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises within the area of the Basildon Borough; or
  • your principal or only place of work in the twelve months preceding the day on which you are nominated as a candidate has been in the Basildon Borough; or
  • have resided in the Basildon Borough during the 12 months preceding the day on which you are nominated as a candidate.

Candidates must bear all costs when they stand for election.


Candidates can also be prevented from standing for election or holding office.

Reasons for disqualification include:

  • holding a paid office within Basildon Borough Council
  • bankruptcy
  • having been sentenced to a term of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) of not less than three months, without the option of a fine during the five years preceding the election
  • being disqualified under any enactment relating to corrupt or illegal practices; and
  • holding a politically restricted post under a local authority as laid down in the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

Every candidate must be nominated on a Nomination Paper.

For further information please contact - Manager of Committee and Member Services 

The Access to Elected Office Fund

The Access to Elected Office Fund is administered independently of Government, and provides grants of between £250 and £20,000 to help disabled candidates meet the additional costs they face compared to a non-disabled person in seeking election (for example, additional travel expenses, or carer support). It is available for candidates from all registered political parties, as well as independent candidates (who must demonstrate seriousness of intent in seeking election).   You can find more details about the fund by visiting the GOV.UK - Access To Elected Office Fund.

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