How to become a Haringey Councillor

For more details on the work that Haringey Councillors do, visit Be a Councillor.

Eligibility criteria

You can become a candidate if:

  • You are British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union
  • You are over 18
  • You are on the electoral register for the Haringey area and your home (for at least the past 12 months) is in Haringey


  • You work in the Haringey area (and have done for at least the past 12 months)


  • You own property in the Haringey area (and have done for at least the past 12 months)

Some reasons that could disqualify you as a candidate include:

  • you are bankrupt
  • you have a criminal conviction which has a minimum penalty of three months in prison
  • you work for Haringey Council or hold a politically restricted post with another local authority

Becoming a candidate

Most people become councillors after joining a political party, but individuals are also welcome to stand for election as an independent. 

Before you can be accepted as a candidate you must get one person to agree to propose your nomination, another person to agree to second the proposal and the support of eight other people. 

All these people must be on the electoral register, and from the ward in which you are standing. 

The deadline to submit nomination papers for the Tottenham Hale by-election is 4pm on Friday 10 February 2023. It is advised that you submit your papers well in advance so that any mistakes can be rectified in time.

For more information about how to become a candidate in Haringey please contact

Your agent

Every candidate is required to appoint an election agent, or you can choose to act as your own election agent. Your agent’s job is to organise election campaign activities, ensure the campaign is conducted in accordance with the law and deal with expenses. 

Polling day - the count

Every candidate is entitled to attend the counting of votes on polling day – known as the count, and attend the opening of postal votes. You can also appoint other people, known as polling agents, to attend the polling stations and the count.
Each ward is counted separately. If you are elected, you will receive instructions on taking up your appointment after the poll, or on the following day.

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Page last updated:

January 30, 2023

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