Candidate eligibility audit

It was particularly important that we completed this review, following the government’s tightening of the eligibility criteria

Leading up to the 2016 council elections, the Inspectorate conducted an audit of candidates to ensure they met eligibility requirements under the Act.

The Inspectorate team assessed a sample of candidates, against the disqualification clauses in the Act. As a result of the enquiries 2 candidates were found to have breached disqualifying provisions.

The candidates were removed from the ballot prior to the election taking place. This process was important to ensuring fair and transparent elections, as ineligible candidates were identified prior to votes being cast, and their removal reduced councils’ exposure to risks and costs associated with the possible election of these candidates (see the Inspectorate’s November 2016 newsletter for more details on the audit).