More than 1,180 candidate nominations have been accepted for the 2012 NSW council elections, including Cooma-Monaro and Snowy River shires.
Numbers are expected to rise sharply between now and the close of nominations at noon tomorrow (Wednesday).
About 4,620 candidates contested the 2008 NSW Council elections.
NSW Electoral Commissioner Colin Barry reminded prospective candidates to nominate as soon as possible.
"If you don't meet the nominations deadline, unfortunately, you can't contest the election", he said.
"To avoid any problems with the nomination, candidates should lodge as early as possible. A candidate must be properly enrolled in the council they wish to represent and must be nominated by at least two people who are correctly enrolled in the same council area, or by a Registered Political Party.
"We don't want people putting their names forward at the last minute only to find that their nominators are incorrectly enrolled or there is an issue with their nomination papers."
Candidate names are published live on the NSWEC website as their nominations are accepted.
To view visit http://votensw.info/candidates
For candidate information and nomination forms visit www.votensw.info or call 1300 135 736.