UKIP has had its candidate for the upcoming West Berkshire Council and Thatcham Town Council by-elections “excluded” over the paperwork.
The vacant Thatcham South and Crookham seat on both councils is set to be filled at elections on June 8, with Ian Waters expecting to represent UKIP in both.
But his name wasn’t included in the official nominations lists that were published on Thursday, with West Berkshire Council confirming it was because of a problem with the paperwork.
A statement from the council said: “The nomination papers were not accepted as the necessary supporting paperwork in regard to use of the party name and emblem was not available.
“This was despite several solutions to the problem being offered by the returning officer.”
But Mr Waters said that what the council was asking for – authorisation from UKIP that he could stand for the party – wasn’t required, and was raising the issue with the Electoral Commission.
He said: “I was excluded from standing. It seems the council’s interpretation is they want proof of this authorisation, but it’s not an Electoral Commission requirement.
“To challenge it legally would cost a lot of money, but we’re just asking them if they will reverse their decision because it’s just how they’ve interpreted it.
“It’s a real big shame, I’ve got to suffer a bit of humiliation because we’ve gone to a lot of expense with leaflet production etc, and we had a very good chance of winning.
“But we live to fight another day.”
UKIP had already chosen not to contest the Newbury seat in the general election, saying they did not want to split the potential Brexit vote.