NOMINATIONS for the local elections will open on Monday.
Sixteen seats will be contested on Thursday, May 5.
There will also be a national referendum on whether a system of proportional representation should be adopted.
There are no local elections in four wards of the borough this year, Little Thurrock Blackshots, Orsett, South Chafford, and Tilbury St Chad’s.
Candidates have until noon on April 4 to submit their nominations.
The council will announce the list at noon on April 6.
The councillors currently in the seats, elected in 2007 are:
Aveley and Uplands: John Cowell (CON). Maj: 109
Belhus: Charles Curtis (LAB). Maj: 27
Chadwell St Mary: Tony Fish (LAB): Maj: 135
Chafford and North Stifford: Neil Rockliffe (CON): Maj: 117
Corringham and Fobbing: Anne Cheale (TCC): Maj: 169
East Tilbury: John Purkiss (IND): Maj: 607
Grays Riverside: Val Morris-Cook (LAB): Maj: 305
Grays Thurrock: Cathy Kent (LAB): Maj: 464
Little Thurrock Rectory: Stuart St. Clair-Haslam (TCC): Maj: 136
Ockendon: Barry Johnson (CON): Maj: 14
Stanford East and Corringham Town: Roisin Hewitt (LAB): Maj: 71
Stanford le Hope West: Eddie Hardiman (CON): Maj: 178
Stifford Clays: Diana Hale (LAB): Maj: 130
The Homesteads: Pauline Tolson (CON): Maj: 200
Tilbury Riverside and Thurrock Park: Emma Colgate (SI): Maj: 67
West Thurrock & South Stifford: Julieann Burkey (LAB): Maj 195