This page if for prospective City Councillors.  If you wish to stand for Police and Crime Commissioner elections please refer to the Police Area Returning Officer pages.

The last election of Councillors for Southampton City Council took place on 2 May 2019 when one third of the current seats were up for re-election; one vacancy in each of the 16 wards across the authority area.

If you are interested in standing as a candidate or will be an election agent, the best source of information to help you through the process is published by the Electoral Commission and is a full guide, providing advice and help for each aspect that you will become involved with.

These elections will take place at a time when Covid-19 continues to present risks to public health. As the measures necessary to control the spread of the virus may change as we approach May, confirmation of the arrangements for providing information to candidates and agents will be provided here in due course.  In the meantime, if you are interested in standing as a candidate or will be an election agent please email  This will ensure that we can include you in any future communications. 

In the lead up to polling day Candidates and Agents are respectfully reminded of their obligations under the Electoral Commission Code of Conduct. As part of the communication strategy, the Returning Officer encourages all candidates and agents to sign up to and abide by the code of conduct.  This is especially important when briefing campaign staff who may not ordinarily have read the code themselves.  Full Guidance on the dos and don'ts of campaigning can be found in Part 4 of the Commission's Guidance.

Successful Councillors will need to attend the induction programme. In order to help you plan your diary we will publish the dates as soon as the programme is complete.

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