Cornwall Council Elections Thursday 6 May 2021
Cornwall Council will have 87 electoral divisions at the next election - that’s 87 Councillors covering the whole of Cornwall. Councillors are elected on a four-year term. The next Cornwall Council elections are on Thursday 6 May 2021.
You can stand as a candidate if:
- you are at least 18 years old, and
- a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of European Union, and
Meet at least one of the following four criteria:
- you are registered as an elector in Cornwall
- and/or you have occupied as owner/tenant any land or premises in Cornwall during the whole of the 12 months prior to the day you are nominated
- and/or your main place of work during the last 12 months has been in Cornwall
- and/or you have lived in Cornwall during the whole of the last 12 months
Certain people are disqualified from standing for a local authority. Further information on disqualification is available from your local electoral services office.
Candidates can be nominated through a political group or may choose to stand independently.
If a candidate stands for a political party they must have that party’s support. The political party’s nominating officer will provide a certificate of authorisation.
Nomination papers and guidance notes are available from the electoral services office a few weeks before polling day. To be accepted as a candidate you must get ten registered local government electors to support your nomination. They must be from the electoral division you wish to stand in. Details of the 87 electoral divisions are available from:
- Look up electoral divisions on a map
- or use the contact details shown on this page.
Completed nomination papers must be delivered before 4pm on the date of close of nominations.
Candidates must appoint an election agent for the election. However candidates may choose to act as their own election agent.
Where details of an election agent have not been provided by the deadline for appointment, the candidate is assumed to have taken responsibility for the role themselves.
The role of the agent involves:
- overseeing the campaign
- ensuring that their participation is conducted in accordance with the law
An appointed agent oversees election expenses and often organises the campaign for the candidate.
After the election all candidates must, by law, submit a declaration of election expenses (whether elected or not). This must be sent to the Elections Office. Please note that these expenses will not be reimbursed by Cornwall Council.
Local Election Timetable
|Request nomination papers from the Election Team||No later than 22 March 2021|
|Notice of Election||As above|
|Close of nominations||4pm on 8 April 2021|
|Polling day||6 May 2021|
|Last day for delivery of Candidates Expenses Returns||11 June 2021|
Please note these dates may change in accordance with regulations. The full, confirmed timetable will be available nearer the date of election.
If you would like more information on how to become a councillor visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/beacouncillor. Or contact your local electoral service office:
- Email: email@example.com
- Tel: 01209 614373
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