Be a Candidate 2017 – Local Government Elections

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council will this week officially launch their Be a Candidate 2017 campaign with the publication of their ‘Be a Candidate’ booklet. Local Government Elections will take place on Thursday, 4 May 2017 with elections taking place in all 42 wards of the county borough as well as the 52 community wards that make up the Community/Town councils.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to request or download the information booklet which is designed to help them through the nomination process and allow a greater understanding of the electoral process. Standing for election can be a complicated business and daunting to many, but it is hoped the guide will make it as straightforward as possible for candidates during the busy months ahead.

The booklet can be downloaded from or copies can be requested by contacting the elections office on 01639 763330 or e-mailing Nomination packs for prospective candidates will be available from Monday, 13 February.

A candidate and agent briefing will take place in Port Talbot Civic Centre on Friday, 10 March at 2pm for anyone interested in standing for election at either County Borough and/or Community/Town level. The Deputy Returning Officers will be outlining the requirements for those eligible to stand for election, how to stand for election, the election campaign, attending electoral proceedings and answer any questions you may have.

Nomination papers can be submitted from Tuesday, 21 March up until the close of nominations at 4pm on Tuesday, 4 April.

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