Amber Valley Borough Council is the
largest district council in Derbyshire. The Borough Council has 45
councillors representing 23 wards. The Council is the only one in
Derbyshire which has a third of the Council being elected each
year, and on the fourth year County Council elections are held.
Parish Councils are elected for a term of four years and are
returned at elections for the whole council.
Why we do elections by
The Council did consider changing
to whole council elections and a report recommending this change
was considered by Council in December 2010 to help the Council meet
its financial challenges. However, Council opted to keep the
current system. The reasons for that decision can be seen in
the minutes of that meeting.
The Democratic Services Section,
(Elections Office) of the Chief Executive's Department, is
responsible for the administration of elections.
1. THE NEXT ELECTIONS
The next election to be held for
the Borough Council will be in May 2014.
Click here to view a schedule of wards and
year of election.
In addition, Parish Council
elections will be held throughout the Borough.
2. HOW TO BECOME A COUNCILLOR
Candidates at local elections are
sometimes unfamiliar with the procedures. Here are a few notes
which may be of assistance.
3. ELIGIBILITY FOR NOMINATION
To be eligible for election to a
County Council, a Borough Council or Parish Council, a person
- be 18 years of age on the day of nomination
- be a Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the Republic of
Ireland or a citizen of another Member State of the European
- be a local government elector for the area of the county,
borough or parish (as appropriate) OR
- during the whole of the 12 months preceding
(a) have occupied (as owner or tenant) any land or premises in
the appropriate area; OR
(b) have had their principle or only place of work during those
12 months in the appropriate area; OR
(c) have, during those 12 months, lived in the appropriate area;
(d) (FOR PARISH COUNCILS ONLY) have lived within 4.8 kilometres
(three miles) of the parish.
4. NOMINATION OF CANDIDATE
Each candidate must be nominated by a separate Nomination Paper
which must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Town Hall,
Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3XE, by the date shown in the
The nomination paper must be signed by two electors for the
appropriate area (as the case may be), as Proposer and Seconder. A
Nomination paper for a County and Borough election must also be
signed by eight other such electors as Assentors. Parish Council
nominations require only a proposer and seconder. All signatories
must be electors for the Ward, Parish or Parish Ward for which the
candidate is standing, and must be of an age to vote at the
A candidate need not give a description, but any description
given must not be more than 6 words long. It may be of either a
personal or political nature.
5. CONSENT TO NOMINATION
The candidate must give his/her consent in writing on, or one
month before, the last day for delivery of nomination papers.
6. REGISTRATION OF POLITICAL PARTIES
If a candidate uses a description relating to a registered
political party, the nomination paper must be accompanied by a
certificate issued by or on behalf of the registered nominating
officer of the party.
7. WITHDRAWAL FROM CANDIDATURE
A candidate may withdraw his/her candidature by a written notice
signed by the candidate in the presence of a witness who must also
sign the notice. The notice must be delivered to the Returning
Officer within the timetable.
8. ELECTION AGENT
Parish Elections - Agents are not required.
Borough and County Elections - Every candidate must appoint an
agent. If they do not, the candidate is deemed to be their own