Nomination packs for prospective candidates are available from Electoral Services.

Contact Electoral Services if you would like to receive a pack, or if you would like more information about becoming a candidate.

Further information about becoming a candidate at the elections is available from the Electoral Commission: Candidates and agents at local elections in England

What the elections are

  • Voting in the elections takes place on 2 May 2019, for all 23 wards across the district.
  • One seat in each of those 23 wards is up for election.
  • There are also parish and town council elections in Denby Dale, Holme Valley and Kirkburton Parishes and Mirfield and Meltham Town Council areas.

What a councillor does

The aim of a local councillor is to make their local area a better place to live and work.

The role of a councillor is valuable to local communities and has a broad range of responsibilities. A large part of a councillor role is the work they do at neighbourhood level, bringing together individuals and agencies in their ward, from the public, private and voluntary community sectors.

Acting as community leaders to encourage participation in local life, a ward councillor can gather people's views and represent these at council meetings, as a way of ensuring that service providers are accountable to service users, in delivering quality and value for money.

More about being a councillor:

What is in a candidate nomination pack

The pack includes:

  • your nomination papers
  • information about the election, including deadlines, nomination submission rules and a timetable of key events.

Submit your nomination papers

  • Nomination packs can be submitted from Monday 25 March 2019 through to Wednesday 3 April 2019.
  • If it would be helpful, a pre-nomination briefing to assist you with your campaign can be arranged.
  • Nomination papers can submitted from 9:00am to 12:30pm and between 1:30pm to 4:00pm
  • The deadline for submission of completed nomination forms is 4.00pm Wednesday 3 April 2019.

Attend a briefing session

A candidates' briefing session takes place after the close of nominations.

At the session the Returning Officer, Electoral Services Manager and the Police share guidance and information about a range of matters including:

  • polling stations
  • postal vote opening and checking procedures
  • verification and count processes
  • integrity and security of the election.