Guide Become a District councillor

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2. How can I become a District councillor?

The date for the next District council elections will be 4 May 2023, but sometimes seats become vacant.  You are able to stand for election if you:

  • Are 18 years of age or over on the day of nomination;
  • Are British, or a citizen of the Irish Republic, European Union or Commonwealth, and on the day of nomination and on election day you are, and continue to be, an elector for the East Devon area, or;
  • You have owned or leased land in East Devon for twelve whole months proceeding nomination, or:
  • Your principal or only place of work during that twelve months has been in East Devon, or, you have resided in East Devon for twelve whole months.

You may not stand for election for the District council if (amongst other things):

  • In the last five years before the day of election you have been sentenced to prison for three months or more (including a suspended sentence) without the option of a fine;
  • You are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order;
  • You have been disqualified by the Adjudication Panel for England

More detailed information on how to stand for election is available from the Electoral Commission: or the Election Officer on 01395 517500.