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Become a councillor

Councillors are elected to represent a number of local residents in an area called a ward. 

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council is made up of 76 councillors that represent 33 wards.

The role of a councillor centres around community leadership and engagement.


You could be a councillor if you meet the criteria set out on the electoral commission's website

How to apply

You must be nominated by a proposer, a seconder and eight other assentors 

These people must be on the electoral register for the ward you’re standing in.

You are entitled to a copy of the register if you stand. You will need to call us on 01202 123 400 before the election if you want to stand as a candidate.

If you would like a nomination pack, you can contact us by:

You can find out further information about becoming a councillor:

There is also additional support available to you if you’re disabled and considering standing for elected office.

Election campaign support

You can appoint an election agent to help you:

  • organise your expenses
  • arrange public meetings
  • display and issue advertisements or publications.

You can do this yourself if you’d prefer. 

You’ll need to cover your campaign expenses, and declare them in your Return of Expenses. 


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