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Borough Candidates and Election Agents

Formally submitting nomination papers

Completed nomination papers must be hand delivered to our office at Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR between the hours of 9.30am and 4pm from Friday 24 March to Tuesday 4 April 2023.

You must book an appointment to formally submit your papers. Please contact electoral services on 01483 523413 or email to book a time slot.

Informal pre-check

An informal pre-check of the nomination pack can be made via email from Wednesday 15 March 2023 to ensure there are no errors before formal submission. Please send your completed nomination pack to

Unable to print nomination papers?

If you are unable to print off the nomination papers you can request for the papers to be posted or collected from the council offices. Please call 01483 523413 or email 

An online briefing hosted by Waverley Borough Council for candidates and agents was held on Monday 6 March at 6.30pm. This session covered the processes and requirements for nomination, arrangements for polling day and at the count.

This session wass open to candidates, agents and parish clerks.

A copy of the Candidates and Agents briefing presentation is now available to view.

The Electoral Commission is hosting a pre-election webinar for candidates and their agents taking part in elections in England on 4 May.

The webinar provides an opportunity to gain essential information on the nomination process and the spending and donation rules, including information on:

  • Standing for election
  • The nominations process
  • When the spending rules apply
  • How much you can spend
  • Notional spending rules
  • Who you can accept donations from
  • What you need to report after the election.

There will also be a chance to ask questions. If you have a specific question in advance, or topic you would like the commission to speak about, please do get in touch before the event.

The webinar will take place virtually on Tuesday 7 March 2023 at 12pm – 1pm.

To confirm attendance please email Stuart Butler at

Following the Local Boundary Commission England Review (LGBCE) in 2022, the following Borough wards will be contested on Thursday 4 May 2023.  

Area Vacant Seats
Alfold, Dunsfold & Hascombe 2
Bramley & Wonersh 3
Chiddingfold 1
Cranleigh East 3
Cranleigh West 2
Elstead & Peper Harow 1
Ewhurst & Ellens Green 1
Farnham Bourne 2
Farnham Castle 2
Farnham Firgrove 2
Farnham Heath End 2
Farnham Moor Park 2
Farnham North West 2
Farnham Rowledge 2
Farnham Weybourne 2
Godalming Binscombe & Charterhouse 3
Godalming Central & Ockford 2
Godalming Farncombe & Catteshall 2
Godalming Holloway 2
Haslemere East 3
Haslemere West 2
Hindhead & Beacon Hill 2
Western Commons 2
Witley & Milford 3

The candidate expenses spending limits for the Borough Council elections will be confirmed after 1 March 2023.

When do I officially become a candidate?

The regulated period for the 2023 elections in England begins on the day after the date you officially become a candidate and ends on polling day, 4 May 2023.

The earliest date you can officially become a candidate is the last date for publication of the notice of election, which will be Monday 27 March 2023

You will officially become a candidate on this day if on or before this date you have already declared yourself a candidate at the election (or another person has declared that you are a candidate).

If after this date you or others declare that you will be a candidate at the election, you will become a candidate on the date such a declaration is made, or on the date that you submit your nomination papers, whichever is the earlier.

How can I obtain a copy of the Register and Absent Voters list?

Candidates are entitled to a copy of the nomination register of electors for the electoral area they are standing in and a copy of the list of absent voters. Please email to request your copy.

Where can I find a list of polling stations?

The final list of polling stations will be available on this website once the link is live (This should be around mid March). The website link will identify any new polling stations to be used on 4 May, following a polling place review in 2022.

When will poll cards go out to voters?

New style enveloped poll cards will be sent around 23 March 2023. The envelope will contain an A4 letter which will include information on Voter ID and how to apply for the free Voter Authority Certificate (VAC) if the elector doesn’t have the required ID listed on the poll card.

When will postal voters receive their postal vote packs?

Postal voters should receive their postal vote packs from 19 April 2023. There will be separate postal packs for Borough and Parish elections.