Local Election 2018

Oldham Council has published the list of candidates for the local elections on May 3.

There are almost 90 candidates across Oldham’s 20 wards with one seat being contested in each area.

There are also two by-elections: one in Chadderton Central and another in Hollinwood.

That includes a total of 22 candidates respectively from the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties, 16 candidates from the Green party, seven independent candidates and one candidate from the Liberal Party.

Returning officer and Council Chief Executive, Dr Carolyn Wilkins OBE, said: “The candidates have now been finalised and we’re under a month away from the local elections.

“These elections are extremely important to our town and the successful candidates will have a big influence on the place you live over the next few years.

“As a result I would urge people to study the candidates carefully so they can make an informed decision and, most importantly, ensure you are registered to vote.”

Oldham Council has been running a social media campaign for the last two months aimed at ensuring residents don’t forget to register.

It has reached more than 20,000 people.

Posters are also being put up in public buildings and the Electoral Commission have also been carrying out their own nationwide promotional campaign.

To register to vote, simply visit and to register for a postal vote, visit

PartyNo. of CandidatesNo. of Pitches SubmittedPercentage
Liberal Democrat 23 0 0%
Labour 22 0 0%
Conservative 21 0 0%
Green 14 0 0%
Independent 7 1 14%

How To Vote

Voting at a polling station

1.On election day, go to your local polling station. If you are disabled and will need assistance getting into the polling station, contact the electoral registration office to find out what help is available. If you require assistance in completing the ballot paper, you may take a companion with you when you vote or the staff in the polling station may help you.

2.Tell the staff inside the polling station your name and address so they can check that you are on the electoral register. You can show them your poll card, but you do not need it to vote.

3.The staff at the polling station will give you a ballot paper listing the parties and candidates you can vote for. It will be printed with an official mark. If you have a visual impairment, you can ask for a special voting device that allows you to vote on your own in secret.

4.Take your ballot paper into a polling booth so that no one can see how you vote. Mark a cross (X) in the box to the right of the name of the party or candidate you want to vote for. Do not write anything else on the paper or your vote may not be counted.

5.Finally, when you have marked your vote, fold the ballot paper in half and put it in the ballot box. Do not let anyone see your vote. If you are not clear on what to do, ask the staff at the polling station to help you.


Electoral Registration Office:

Elections Office
Room 222
Civic Centre
West Street
Oldham OL1 1UL

Tel: 0161 770 4712/8

Local Election 2018