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Standing For Election - Information For Candidates


Have you thought about becoming a District or Parish/Town Councillor?

If you have a keen interest in your local community, can spare some time and are passionate about making a difference in the Stroud District, then becoming a Councillor might be for you.   

To be a councillor you don’t need any special qualifications. Your life experience, everyday skills, passion and commitment to people and communities are vital, and it’s important that councils reflect the local population. 

Local Elections will be taking place in Stroud on Thursday 2nd of May 2024, all District Council and Parish and Town Council Seats are up for election. 

If you wish to stand for the Police Crime Commissioner Elections please contact Gloucester City Council.


Nomination Papers

Nomination papers are available to collect from Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Ebley Wharf, Stroud, GL5 4UB. To arrange collection please email or phone 01453 766321.

Book an appointment

We are asking where possible for candidates to book an appointment to submit your nomination paper to Ebley Mill. To book your appointments, please email us at or phone 01453 766321.

Delivery of nomination papers

Nominations can be delivered to the address below from 10am on Tuesday 19 March 2024 to 4pm on Friday 5 April, we recommend you make an appointment for delivery. You are strongly advised to deliver your nomination as early as possible to give you sufficient time to submit new nomination papers should your first set contain any errors. The deadline for delivery is 4:00pm on Friday 5 April 2024. This deadline is absolute.

Please also read the Electoral Commission’s guidance for candidate and agents.


Briefings for prospective candidates and agents

Prospective candidates and agents are invited to attend the following briefing sessions.





Who should attend

Be a Councillor

6pm - Wed 21 Feb
Council Chamber, Ebley Mill

  • Be a Councillor Event
  • Current Councillor Case Studies
  • Support available for Councillors

Prospective candidates wanting to know more about the role of a councillor.

Candidate and Agents Briefing 1

7.30pm - Wed 21 Feb
Council Chamber, Ebley Mill

  • Election timetable
  • Nomination process
  • Voter ID & Elections Act changes
  • Postal vote handling rules

Prospective candidates and agents for elections.

Candidate and Agents Briefing 2

6.00pm Wed 10 April

Council Chamber, Ebley Mill

  • Polling Day
  • The Count

Candidates and agents for the District and Parish/Town Council elections.


To register your attendance please email stating which:

  • Briefing(s) you would like to attend,
  • Your role e.g. candidate or agent (or both),
  • Which election(s) you are standing in/the agent for.


The second briefing is now being held in person, if you are unable to attend we may be able to issue a Teams invite for candidates/agents who need to attend online, please contact us on to request the online invite. Please note that the candidate and agent briefing sessions will be recorded so if you are unable to attend we will make the recording available online.


Verification and Count

The verification and all counts will be held at:

Stratford Park Leisure Centre

Stratford Road





The verification for all ballot papers will be conducted at 9am on Friday 3 May 2024.


Police & Crime Commissioner: The counting of ballot papers for the Police and Crime Commissioner will be held on Friday 3 May (we anticipate this to be between 2-3pm).


District/Parish: The counting of the District ballot papers will be held on Saturday 4 May at 9am, followed by the Parish Count and Neighbourhood Planning Referendums at 3pm.


Further information regarding the count will be provided at the Candidates and Agents Briefing which will be held remotely on Wednesday 10 April at 6.00pm.


Councillors play a vital role in shaping the future of their communities and improving the quality of life of local people. We need people from all backgrounds and experiences who reflect the communities that they serve. The LGA is delivering a bespoke national campaign to encourage disabled people to find out more about becoming a councillor. This campaign, which is funded by the UK Government, is designed to increase the representation of disabled people in local government.

LGA Guide to Improving Access to Local Government Elected Office for Disabled People

Easy Read Version

Stroud District Council wants to ensure Councillors reflect the diversity of their community, particularly those with protected characteristics such as age, disability, race, gender, religion, pregnancy and maternity, or sexual orientation. We want to ensure that everyone has a fair chance to shape the decisions which affect them and the District they live in. We would welcome conversations with anyone who is thinking of standing as a Councillor who may need additional support or reasonable adjustments so that we can help to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to stand for election and undertake the role of Councillor. For further information about support available please contact or phone us on 01453 766321.

Further information is available on the following websites:

You can also email us on if you require further guidance.


Have you thought about becoming a District or Parish/Town Councillor?

Local Elections will be taking place in Stroud on Thursday 2nd of May 2024. 

'Be a Councillor' Events

We are holding another 'Be a Councillor' event in on Wednesday 21st February 2024 at 6pm. The event will include further information about the steps needed to stand for election and give you the chance to ask current Councillors more about the role and support provided. If you would like to attend the event please email so that we can ensure there is enough seating available.


The Local Government Association have now launched their 2023/24 Be a Councillor Events, click here for more information.

The resources from the 'Be a Councillor' event held on Wednesday 6 September 2023 can be found below:

Presentation Slides

District Presentation Slides

Parish Presentation Slides

'Be a Councillor' Guidebook

District Guidance Booklet

Parish Guidance Booklet

For frequently asked questions (FAQ's) about becoming a Councillor please see section 2 on our FAQ page.




Nomination Packs available


Wednesday 7 February

Be a Councillor event (Council Chamber)


Wednesday 21 February

Candidate and Agent Briefing (Council Chamber)


Wednesday 21 February

Publication of Notice of Election (District/Parish)


Monday 18 March

Nominations Open (District/Parish)

(10am – 4pm Mon - Fri)


Tuesday 19 March

Initial poll cards despatched


Thursday 28 March

Nomination deadline (District/Parish)


Friday 5 April

Last date for withdrawal of candidature


Friday 5 April

First Notice of Alteration


Friday 5 April

Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated


Friday 5 April (last date 5.00pm Monday 8 April)

Publication of Notice of Poll


Friday 5 April (last date Wednesday 24 April)

Appointment and Publication of Election Agents


Friday 5 April

Candidate and Agent briefing 2 (Council Chamber, Ebley Mill)


Wednesday 10 April

Postal Vote Issue 1 (SPLC)

(approx.. 18,000)


Thursday 11 April – Friday 12 April

Last Date for Registration


Tuesday 16 April

Postal vote application deadline


Wednesday 17 April

Publish Second Notice of Alteration


Thursday 18 April

Postal Vote Opening 1 (Ebley Mill)


Thursday 18 April

Postal Vote Issue 2 (Ebley Mill)


Thursday 18 April

Postal Vote Opening 2 (Ebley Mill)


Friday 19 April

Postal Vote Opening 3 (Ebley Mill)


Tuesday 23 April

Proxy vote application deadline


Wednesday 24 April

Deadline for receiving applications for Voter Authority Certificates


Wednesday 24 April

Publish Final interim notice of election


Thursday 25 April

Deadline for appointment of Poll and Count Agents


Thursday 25 April

Postal Vote Opening 4 (Ebley Mill)


Thursday 25 April

First day to issue replacement lost postal ballot papers


Friday 26 April

Postal Vote Opening 5 (Ebley Mill)


Monday 29 April

Postal Vote Opening 6 (Ebley Mill)


Tuesday 30 April

Postal Vote Opening 7 (Ebley Mill)


Wednesday 1 May

Day of Poll


Thursday 2 May

Postal Vote Opening 8 (Ebley Mill)


Thursday 2 May

Deadline for receipt of emergency proxy votes


Thursday 2 May

Last day to issue replacement lost postal ballot papers


Thursday 2 May

Postal Vote Opening 9 (SPLC)


Thursday 2 May

Verification of all ballot papers (SPLC)


Friday 3 May

Police and Crime Commissioner Count (SPLC)


Friday 3 May

District Count (SPLC)


Saturday 4 May

Parish Count (SPLC)


Saturday 4 May

Neighbourhood Planning Referendum Count


Saturday 4 May

District Return of Election Expenses


Thursday 6 June

How can I stand as a candidate in the PCC elections?

You must be:

  • at least 18 years old on the day of your nomination
  • a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union, and
  • registered as a local government elector with a local council within the Gloucestershire area both at the time of your nomination and on polling day

In order to stand you must complete a nomination paper which must be signed by 100 electors within Gloucestershire.

Nomination papers will be available from Gloucester City Council, for more information visit: Police and Crime Commissioner Election 2024 - Gloucester City Council

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