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.