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General information about Charnwood elections

Charnwood is made up of 28 wards, covered by two parliamentary constituencies.

  • local government elections are held every four years
  • parliamentary elections are held every five years
  • European parliamentary elections are held every five years
  • police and crime commissioner elections are held every four years

More details about these elections can be found on our types of elections page. 

Nomination rules

To stand for election, on the day of nomination, you must be:

  • 18 or over
  • Be a UK, EU or Commonwealth citizen
  • Be registered to vote in or have either worked or lived in the area for one year

You cannot be a candidate if at the time of your nomination and on the day of the election:

  • You work for the council
  • You hold a politically restricted post for another local authority
  • You are bankrupt
  • You have served a prison sentence (or suspended sentence) of three months in the past five years
  • You have been disqualified under any legislation relating to corrupt or illegal practices

The Electoral Commission website provides guidance and resources for candidates and agents for local elections.

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