Who is a Councillor?

He/She is a person elected to head an electoral ward in an area council, thus, each electoral ward is headed by a councillor.

Electoral votes needed to win

  • If there be more than two candidates contesting, the highest number of votes cast at the election; and
  • Not less than one-quarter of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two-thirds of the wards in the area council, as the case may be. This may vary from state to state.

A person is qualified for local Government Election if

A person shall be qualified for election as a councillor if;

  • He/She is a citizen of Nigeria
  • He/She is registered as a voter;
  • He/She has attained the age of thirty years (this may vary from state to state);
  • He/She is educated up to at least the school certificate level or its equivalent; and
  • He/She is a member of a political party and sponsored by that party (or an independent candidate when the independent candidacy bill becomes law)


The tenure of a local Government Chairman is three years after which he/she shall vacate his office at the expiration of the period of three years commencing from the date when he/she took the oath of office or when the legislative arm of the council was inaugurated, whichever is earlier. A local Government Chairman may decide to contest for same office for a second tenure and nothing more.

Roles and responsibilities

Top on the list include but are not limited to;

  • Represent their ward or division and the people who come from there; and
  • Provide and be a bridge between the community and the council.