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Become a councillor

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2. Do I need qualifications?

You do not need any formal educational qualifications to become a councillor.

There are however certain legal requirements you must meet to be able to stand for election.  On the day of nomination you must be:

  • Aged 18 or over
  • A UK, Republic of Ireland, European Community or Commonwealth citizen
  • Be registered to vote in, or have either worked or lived in the area for one year

You cannot stand if:

  • You work for Exeter City Council
  • You hold a politically restricted post for another local authority
  • You are bankrupt
  • You have served a prison sentence (including suspended sentences) of 3 months or more within 5 years prior to the election
  • You have been disqualified under any legislation relating to corrupt or illegal practices