How to become an Elected Member Home / Council / Council elections / How to become an Elected Member Page ContentWho can nominate to become an Elected Member?Councillors play a vital leadership role, working together to create and implement the community's vision, strategic direction and values. If you want to make a difference in your community and have a say in local decision-making, then consider becoming a candidate.Any eligible elector in the City of Stirling (who is 18 years of age or older and who is not disqualified) can stand as a candidate in the City of Stirling local government elections. Nominees of a body corporate cannot stand for election. Further details on who is qualified to be a candidate is outlined in sections 2.19 to 2.24 of the Local Government Act 1995. Enquiries about your enrolment eligibility status can be checked on the Western Australian Electoral Commission website or by phoning 13 63 06 (WA only) or (08) 9214 0400. Nomination DatesThe nomination period to become a candidate for local government elections opens on the 44th day before election day and closes on the 37th day before election day at 4.00pm SHARP.Returning OfficerThe City's Returning Officer is responsible for the conduct and processes associated with the City of Stirling local government elections. The Returning Officer is able to provide further information for prospective candidates including guides and forms for candidates and scrutineers. How to nominateNominations can only be submitted to the Returning Officer responsible for the City of Stirling local government elections once the nomination period opens. An effective nomination consists of the following: a completed nomination form a profile of the candidate, prepared in accordance with the regulations a nomination deposit of $80.00 in the form of cash, bank cheque or money order a photograph (optional) Prior to nominating, potential candidates should read the Western Australian Electoral Commission's Guide for Candidates (Postal Elections) which covers eligibility, nomination and disclosure of gifts requirements.