How to become a Haringey councillor
Who is eligible?
You can be a candidate if:
- 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)
Amongst other reasons, you could be disqualified as a candidate if:
- you are bankrupt
- you have a criminal conviction which has a minimum penalty of three months in prison or more
- you work for Haringey Council or hold a politically restricted post with another local authority.
Becoming a candidate
To become a candidate, you need to be nominated and you need to have declared that you accept the nomination.
- A candidate must be proposed and seconded. The signatures of two electors from the ward in which you are standing are required.
- The candidate must also obtain the signatures of eight assentors from the ward.
- All of the signatories to the nomination must be registered as local government electors in the ward in which you are standing.
- The elector number of each of the people nominating you must be shown correctly against the person's name. A mistake could invalidate the nomination paper.
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Most candidates are nominated through a political party. However, individuals are welcome to stand in their own right. 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.
Every candidate is required to appoint an election agent. You may choose instead to act as your own election agent. Amongst other things, your agent sees that the campaign is conducted in accordance with the law, deals with expenses, and generally organises the campaign activities.
Every candidate is entitled to attend the counting of the votes on polling day, known as the count, and also 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.