Information for candidates, agents and parish clerks – Local Elections 2023
Key Dates for this election
- 20 March – Notice of Election published
- 20 March to 4 April (10am – 4pm) – nominations forms must be delivered in person to Abbey House, Abingdon, OX14 3JE
- 4 April – deadline for receipt of Nominations, withdrawal of candidates, and appointment of Election Agents (4pm)
- 5 April – Statement of Persons Nominated published
- 17 April – deadline to register to vote (midnight)
- 18 April – deadline to apply to vote by post (5pm)
- 25 April – Notice of Poll published
- 25 April – deadline to apply to vote by proxy (5pm)
- 25 April – deadline to apply for voter ID (5pm)
- 26 April – deadline to appoint poll and count agents
- 4 May – election day
- 5 May – verification and count
We will publish election notices on our Local Elections 2023 page, and we will also forward them to parish clerks to publish locally.
Standing as a candidate at the 2023 local elections
To stand as a district councillor or parish councillor you will need to download, print and complete the correct nomination paper below.
Completed nomination papers must be hand delivered to our office at Abbey House, Abbey Close, Abingdon (OX14 3JE) between 10am on Monday 20 March and 4pm on Tuesday 4 April 2023.
- To stand a as a candidate in the district council election, please complete a local government election nomination paper.
- To stand as a candidate in a parish council election, please complete a parish election nomination paper.
Guide to standing as a parish councillor
For information about standing as a parish councillor, please visit the Electoral Commission’s page on Parish Council Elections.
You can also view an example of a completed parish nomination pack.
Guide to standing as a district councillor
For information about standing as a district councillor please visit the Electoral Commission’s page on Local Elections.
You can also view an example of a completed district election nomination pack.
As with national elections, you and your campaigners must follow the Electoral Commission’s Code of Conduct for Campaigners. This which outlines what is, and what is not, acceptable behaviour at polling stations and in the community during the lead up to polling day.
Online briefing for candidates and agents
There will be a special online briefing for candidates and agents on Thursday 2 March 2023 (time TBC). This session will cover the processes and requirements for nomination, arrangements for polling day and at the count. The session is open to candidates, agents and parish clerks.
If you wish to attend, please email email@example.com
We will publish the presentation on this page for those unable to attend.
Candidate spending limits
The candidate expenses spending limits for the district council and parish council elections will be confirmed after 1 March 2023.
Keep up to date
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