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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

Standing as a candidate

Find out how to stand as a candidate in the 2023 Local and Parish Council elections. Including:

  • nomination process 
  • pre-candidacy information 
  • our elections toolkit for parish and town councils
  • prospective candidate briefing events.

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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