Local council candidate resources

You can find out more about becoming a local council candidate by reading a candidate handbook.


Scrutineers are people who are appointed to observe election activities on behalf of a candidate. This includes ballot paper issuing and vote counting.

To find out more about the role and responsibilities of a scrutineer, read the following handbook.

Candidates must appoint scrutineers in writing by completing the following form:

Previous election handbooks

You can refer to handbooks from past elections to see what kind of information they provide.

These handbooks were correct when we published them. Legislation can change often so this information might be out of date.

Previous election handbooks