Manchester City Council

Manchester Arena attack

Manchester is sharing its sympathy and our thoughts are with everyone affected, especially those who have lost loved ones or been injured and traumatised.

Sign the online book of condolence.


The Council & democracy Information for candidates

A UK parliamentary general election will be held on Thursday 8 June 2017. 

Guidance for candidates

The Electoral Commission publishes guidance for candidates and agents who wish to stand for election.
Download the guidance here

Nomination process

In order to stand validly nominated a candidate must submit nomination papers. The papers must be subscribed (signed) by ten registered parliamentary electors. 
You can download a nomination pack as well from the electoral commission website.
The deposit to be paid for a nomination is £500.
Nomination papers and deposits can only be delivered between the hours of 10.00am and 4.00pm on Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 May 2017. 
The (Acting) Returning Officer is offering an informal checking service for nomination papers by appointment only between 9.30am and 4.00pm on Tuesday 9 May and Wednesday 10 May, and 9.30am – 12 noon on Thursday 11 May. Appointments will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You are strongly advised to use this service. 
To make an appointment for an informal check of nomination papers or for further information if you wish to stand for election in Manchester constituencies, please contact the Electoral Services Unit on 0161 234 1325 or email 

Statutory Timetable

You can download the full statutory timetable  which includes information on key dates and deadlines for nominations, electoral registration, and the appointment of election agents.
Please note the following key dates:
Date Activity
Tuesday 9 May 2017 Nominations 10.00am – 4.00pm
Wednesday 10 May 2017 Nominations 10.00am – 4.00pm
Thursday 11 May 2017 Nominations 10.00am – 4.00pm
Thursday 11 May 2017 Deadline for the receipt of nominations at 4.00pm
Thursday 11 May 2017 Statement of Persons Nominated published at 5.00pm 
Monday 22 May 2017 Deadline to register to vote at midnight
Tuesday 23 May 2017 Deadline to apply for a postal vote at 5pm.
Wednesday 31 May 2017 Deadline to apply for a proxy vote at 5pm
Monday 22 May 2017 Deadline for registering to vote at midnight
Thursday 1 June 2017 Register to be used for 8 June General Election published
Thursday 1 June 2017 Deadline for notification of appointment  of polling and counting agents
Friday 2 June 2017 First date that electors can apply for a replacement of lost postal votes
Tuesday 6 June 2017 Deadline for notification of appointment of sub agents
Thursday 8 June 2017 Polling Day. Polling stations open from 7.00am – 10.00pm
Thursday 8 June 2017 Count begins at 10.00pm followed by declaration of results


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