info Information briefing postponed: 30 January 2023

The information briefing scheduled for Monday 30 January 2023 will now take place on Thursday 2 February at 6.30pm at Gun Wharf.

On Thursday 4 May 2023, elections are being held for all Medway Council seats in all of the wards and the 11 parish councils.  

Information briefings for prospective candidates

Prospective candidates for the local or parish council elections are invited to attend information briefings by the Returning Officer and his staff as follows:

  • Friday 20 January 2023 at 6.30pm at Gun Wharf - for prospective parish council candidates only
  • Monday 23 January 2023 at 6.30pm at Gun Wharf - for prospective local election candidates only
  • Thursday 2 February 2023 at 6.30pm at Gun Wharf - for prospective local election candidates only.

It would be helpful to know in advance if you are intending to come and on which date. Let us know by emailing jane.ringham@medway.gov.uk.

Read about the role of councillors, including a guide on improving access to elected office for disabled people.

More about decision-making at Medway Council and councillors in Medway.

Nomination papers, guidance and important dates for candidates

If you are interested in standing as a candidate in any of these elections, you can find the relevant nomination papers and guidance from the returning officer below:

Election timetable

Here are some key dates in the statutory timetable for the elections:

Activity Statutory deadline
Publication of the Notices of Election that start the formal election period Monday 27 March 2023
Start of period for delivery of nomination papers between 9am and 6pm daily (except weekends and bank holidays)  From Tuesday 28 March
Last date for the delivery of nomination papers 4pm on Tuesday 4 April
List of candidates standing in any contested parish elections will be published on Tuesday 4 April
List of candidates standing in the local election will be published on Wednesday 5 April
Last date for receipt of applications to register in time to vote in the elections Monday 17 April
Last date for receipt of new applications for a postal vote (or to amend an existing postal vote) for the elections 5pm on Tuesday 18 April
Last date for receipt of applications to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf 5pm on Tuesday 25 April

All electors in the 2023 register of electors will be eligible to vote in the local and any contested parish elections, except for any electors registered as overseas electors.

Existing electors do not need to re-register for these elections.

To check if you are already registered, please email electoralservices@medway.gov.uk.

Voter ID

To vote in this election and any further elections, you must bring accepted photo ID with you to the polling station. 

Find out more about voter ID.