Independents can only contest Ward seats in a local election while PR-designated seats are chosen by political parties.

Unlike parties, to contest a municipal election as an independent ward candidate, an individual must be nominated and then submit the required documents during the candidate nomination period.

There has been a steady increase in the number of independent candidates since the 2000 local government elections, despite a slight drop in 2006 – 672 in 2000; 663 in 2006; 754 in 2011; and 855 in 2016.