In order to be a duly nominated candidate for elections in the United Kingdom you need to have the following: First, a form saying "I consent to be nominated", this is then followed by the actual nomination form, and that is in turn followed by a form stating that you have permission of the party, that you wish to stand for, to stand as a candidate.
For local elections, like the one I am contesting, you need a proposer, seconder and eight assenters (people who agree that you would make a good candidate) all of whom must live within the ward that you wish to represent and all of whom must be registered to vote. This is the stage of the election process that I will be starting on tomorrow and hope to collect all ten names by Thursday at the latest. Please note that it is only for Westminster or Assembly elections that you have to lodge funding (£500 / $600) before you can stand, for local elections no funding is needed.
"Great heavens, what is there to adulate in me? Am I particularly intelligent, or remarkably studious, or excruciatingly witty, or unusually accomplished, or exceptionally virtuous?"
(The Duke of Dunstable, Patience by Gilbert and Sullivan)