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Information, Guidance and Forms For Candidates

You will find information and guidance for candidates and agents here, as well as forms issued by the Electoral Office of Northern Ireland. 

Guides For Candidates and Agents

This guide provides practical advice for anyone who wants to stand as a candidate at the Local Council elections on Thursday 18 May 2023.

The Electoral Office of Northern Ireland has also provided answers to some of the most common FAQ's

The Electoral Commission also provides advice on candidate spending

Royal Mail have produced a guide to candidate mail and sucessful election communications. 

Candidate Forms

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 Forms and forward this to the Mid Ulster District Council Magherafelt Office from 3 April to obtain a copy of the register.

Candidate Forms are available in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF versions. 

Seminars for 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 the Electoral Commission  indicating which seminar you’d like to attend.

Notice of Issue and Opening of Postal Votes

A Notice of Issue and Opening of Postal Votes has now been published. 

For the seven District Electoral Areas in Mid Ulster, this will happen on: 

  • 1st issue: Monday 1 May, 9am, at 6-10 William Street, Belfast

  • 2nd issue: Thursday 4 May, 9am, at 6-10 William Street, Belfast

  • 1st opening: Monday 15 May, 9am, at 6-10 William Street Belfast and daily thereafter and up to 10pm on Polling Day

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