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Becoming a councillor

Are you interested in representing the people of Rhondda Cynon Taf by becoming a Councillor?

Most candidates are nominated through a political party. However, individuals are welcome to stand in their own right. Before you can be accepted as a candidate you must get one person to agree to propose your nomination, another person to agree to second the proposal. Both of these people must be on the electoral register. Please note that if standing at a County Borough election you will also need 8 additional electors to assent to your nomination.

You can be a candidate if you are over 18, on the electoral register, and have lived, worked or owned property in the area for at least the past 12 months. Learn more about becoming a councillor

You may be disqualified as a candidate if you work for The Council or hold a politically restricted post with another local authority. Bankruptcy or a previous criminal conviction with a three-month or more prison sentence would also disqualify you as a candidate.

You are subject to the notification requirements of or under Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and the ordinary period allowed for making an appeal or application in respect of the order or notification has passed.

The Electoral Commission have launched web-pages outlining the Election Process for candidates that includes guidance and resources; to visit these web-pages please click on the appropriate link below:

Prospective candidates are strongly advised to seek their own legal advice if they are unsure that they are eligible to stand.

Electoral Services

10-12 Gelliwastad Road


CF37 1JW

Tel: 01443 490100