Home Council Election 2023

Election 2023

Local Government Elections – 18 May 2023


The Local government Elections will take place on 18 May 2023. We will be electing 41 Councillors to serve our Borough

Election Timetable:

Candidate Nomination Forms

A copy of the candidate nomination forms can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:

Alternatively a Nomination Pack may be obtained from the Council Offices by contacting

Please note that the 3 April 2023 Electoral Register must be used to complete the subscriber details on the Nomination Paper. You should complete Form 4 in the Candidate Nomination Forms above and forward this to the Local Council Office from 3 April to obtain a copy of the relevant Electoral Register.

Information for Candidates and Agents:

Information from the Electoral Commission

Guidance for Candidates and Agents

The Electoral Commission has produced guidance for candidates and agents ahead of the 2023 local council elections.  The document covers the regulated period, how much you can spend, activities covered by the rules, donations you can accept, how to check donations you receive and what information needs to be recorded and reported, as well as links to relevant forms. It also contains information on key guidance changes in place from the Elections Act ahead of May 2023.

You can access the guidance here.

Electoral Commission guidance on candidate spending
Local government elections in Northern Ireland | Electoral Commission

The electorate statistics to be used for the calculation of candidate expenses will be published on this page on 11 April.

Information Seminars for Potential Candidates and Agents

The Electoral Commission in partnership with the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland and Royal Mail will be running information seminars for potential candidates and agents ahead of the 2023 local council elections.

These seminars will offer guidance and support on:

  • standing as a candidate
  • the rules on spending and donations
  • candidate freepost entitlement

Seminar dates:

  • Wednesday 22 March (Belfast)
  • Wednesday 29 March (Omagh)
  • Thursday 30 March (Virtual)

All seminars will take place in the evening

Places are limited. To reserve a place please email   indicating which seminar you’d like to attend.

Please share this invite with your candidates and agents.