Standing for local elections
For all candidates for the Essex County Council elections or the Uttlesford District and Parish by-elections to read.
A briefing took place on Wednesday 24 February at 5pm via Zoom for anyone who wished to stand for the County Council seats, the two District ward by-elections or the various parish by-elections that will take place on Thursday 6 May.
You can now view a copy of the .
Recordings of the event
A short video recording of the briefing is available.
We also have an audio recording of the event.
Download and listen to the audio recording of candidates and agents briefing
On this page:
- Standing for election
- Candidates timetable
- Nomination paper - County Council, District and Parish candidates
- Information for Police Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) candidates
- Withdrawal of candidacy
- Spending and donations
- The campaign
- Attending key electoral events
- Postal vote opening sessions
If you are standing for election either as an independent or for a party you should view the guidance from the Electoral Commission
► Guidance and resources for candidates or agents at a local government election (County and District Council elections)
(Scroll down to the appropriate sections for 'independent' or 'party' candidates and expand 'Click here to view resources...')
Anyone wishing to stand for the County Council elections or any district or parish council by-elections MUST submit a nomination paper by the legal deadline of 4pm on Thursday 8 April 2021 (see the Candidates timetable)
No nomination papers should be completed until 10 March at the earliest. The legislation has just been amended due to Covid-19 and the nomination papers are being revised to reflect the change that ONLY 2 subscribers are required for a County and District election nomination paper i.e. a proposer and seconder and no longer 8 additional subscribers - this stays in force until 28 February 2022.
The Nomination paper must be downloaded and completed and hand delivered by 4pm on Thursday 8 April 2021 to:
The Returning Officer
Uttlesford District Council
Council Offices, London Road
An informal check of your paper will be conducted whilst you wait. Confirmation of validity of your nomination is then confirmed by post.
You will need to ring and make an appointment - call 01799 510434 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
If after your formal submission of your nomination you wish to withdrawal you candidacy you must use the following form
ALL candidates whether successfully elected or not MUST complete the following:
- (if not acting as your own agent).
Important - please read the Electionfactsheet BEFORE printing or publishing any communications to voters.
► Electoral Commission campaign guidance for candidates and agents (County and District Council elections)
In this document you can find:
- "Dos and don'ts" - See page 4 of the Campaign guidance (Electoral Commission website)
- How to obtain the register of electors and list of absent voters - See page 7 of the Campaign guidance (Electoral Commission website)
You are entitled to appoint a polling agent to visit polling stations on the day - please refer to the Electoral Commission guidance on what these can do.
- Guidance for tellers (Electoral Commission website)
- Dos and don'ts for tellers (Electoral Commission website)
The verification and count
Please ensure you print off and complete the correct form to which you wish to appoint agents for and send to the Returning Officer in accordance with the timetable. The candidate and any election agent are automatically entitled to attend the verification/count.
Thursday 6 May
Friday 7 May
Saturday 8 May
NOTE - The County Council count will be held overnight after close of poll on 6 May at the Lord Butler Sports and Leisure Centre, Saffron Walden. The by-elections will be counted on Friday 7 May at 2pm at the Council Offices, Saffron Walden. The two district wards will be counted first followed by the parishes in alphabetical order. (See the Candidates timetable)
The Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner election ballot papers will be verified on the Thursday night and the count will take place from 9.30am on Saturday 8 May at the Lord Butler Centre.
If you wish to attend the opening of the postal votes - you must complete a
Postal vote opening will take place on the following dates in the Council Chamber at the Council Offices, London Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4ER from 9.30am, unless otherwise indicated:
- Thursday 22 April 2020
Provisional session (if needed): Friday 23 April
- Monday 26 April 2020
Provisional session (if needed): Tuesday 27 April
- Wednesday 28 April 2020
Provisional session (if needed): Thursday 29 April
- Friday 30 April 2020
- Tuesday 4 May 2020
- Wednesday 5 May - from 10 a.m.
- Thursday 6 May (polling day) from 10 a.m.
The final session will take place in the Dance Studio on the first floor of the Lord Butler Fitness and Leisure Centre, Peaslands Road, Saffron Walden CB11 3EG from 8pm on polling day.
Candidates and their election agents are entitled to attend any of these sessions, as are any postal voting agents that are appointed. You are entitled to appoint a postal voting agent to attend at each opening session and their appointments must be notified to The Returning Officer in writing before the beginning of the session they are attending.