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Standing as a candidate

Before any city council or mayoral election, interested individuals must ensure they meet certain criteria before they are allowed to stand as a candidate.

What criteria must I meet?

You can find full details of the criteria you must meet, together with information on what would disqualify you from standing at

Candidate and agent briefings

If you are interested in standing as a candidate for the 4 May 2023 elections, we will be hosting two information briefings:

  • Nomination process briefing: Tuesday 7 March, 5.30pm
  • Count process briefing: Wednesday 12 April 2023, 5.30pm

The briefings will take place at City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ.

To attend the briefings, please let us know by emailing us at or by calling us on 0116 454 2010.

Nomination process

Nomination packs will be available from Wednesday 8 March 2023, from the Returning Officer at City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ.

You can also request a pack by emailing or calling 0116 454 2010. 

Where do I submit a nomination?

You must hand in your completed nomination forms for these elections in person to the Returning Officer at:

  • 3rd floor, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ.
  • From Wednesday 22 March, between of 9.30am and 4.30pm, until the closing date for nominations, which is 4pm on Tuesday 4 April.

Have your nomination checked

Please contact electoral services either by email or by telephone on 0116 454 6350 to make an appointment to have your nomination checked prior to formal submission.

Further guidance

Further guidance for candidates, their agents and representatives is available directly on the Electoral Commission website.