Candidates are the people who stand for election whose names appear on the ballot paper, and nomination is the process by which a person registers to become a candidate for an election.

The NSWEC runs information seminars for people thinking of standing for election, in which we explain the legal obligations and responsibilities that you should be familiar with. Even if you have stood for election in the past you should attend as requirements may have changed. Dates and locations of seminars are advertised in local papers and listed on www.votensw.info at the time of each election.

If you have any doubts about your eligibility to stand for election or to hold civic office, you should seek your own advice from a legally qualified person.

For a political party to contest a State or Local Government election, it needs to have been registered with the New South Wales Electoral Commission for a year prior to the close of nominations for that election.