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How do I become an Aberdeen City Councillor?


Anyone can stand for election as a Councillor as long as they are:
  • 18 years of age or over.
  • British, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen (someone who does not need leave to enter or remain in the UK or has indefinite leave to remain) or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union.
  • Able to meet at least one of the following:
        • Be registered to vote in the Council area.
        • Have lived in the Council area during the whole of the last 12 months.
        • Had main or only place of work in the Council area for the whole of the last 12 months.
        • Have occupied any land or premises in the Council area during the whole of the last 12 months.

Some people are not eligible to be Councillors for legal reasons or because they are disqualified under the nomination criteria. There is more information about eligibility, standing for election and campaigning on the Electoral Commission's Council elections in Scotland 2017 website.

The nomination process

To become nominated as a candidate at a Council election, you will need to submit a completed nomination form, which needs to be signed and witnessed. All forms will be available on our Local Government Election 2017 webpages under  Information for Candidates and Agents.

Alternatively, nomination forms are available from the Council's election office in the Town House or by emailing The Elections Team will also hold a briefing session for prospective candidates and agents where nomination packs will be available. This session will take place at 3pm on Wednesday 8 March 2017 in the Council Chamber, Town House.

Here are the key stages in the nomination process:

  • The notice of election will be published on Monday 13 March 2017.
  • Nomination papers can be submitted from 10am on Tuesday 14 March 2017. After that, nominations can be submitted between 10am and 4pm each working day. The deadline for submitting your nomination is 4pm on Wednesday 29 March 2017. Forms should be submitted to the Election Office, Town House, Aberdeen, AB10 1AQ.
  • Details of who your election agent is must be submitted to the Election Office by 4pm on Wednesday 29 March 2017.
    Every candidate who is nominated to stand at an election may appoint an election agent, although there is no obligation to do so. The election agent is responsible for the proper management of your election campaign, particularly its financial management. You can be your own election agent if you wish. If you appoint another person to be your election agent, the person must agree in writing to being appointed.

Once all the nominations are confirmed, a notice of poll will be published, confirming the details of every candidate standing for election in each ward. From then it is up to you to campaign for votes in your ward.

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