Elections

The Most Important elections of your studentship – Elections of the Council of Representatives for the Student Union.

Now you have the opportunity to take part in the most important elections of your studentship! Elections for the Council of Representatives for the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) take place in autumn 2017 in all campuses of the University of Eastern Finland: Joensuu, Kuopio and Savonlinna.

Advance election will be held on 30.10. – 3.11.2017 (between 9 am and 6 pm), and the actual election day is 8.11.2017 (between 9 am and 6 pm). Results are announced within 24 hours after the elections close.

Elected people form the highest decision-making organ in the Student Union which serves the members and acts as a link and supervisor of their interests. The Council of Representatives has 39 members. The Council’s term is for two years and the Council is led by presiding officers.

Council members have a great opportunity to influence student matters and also national student politics and its alignments via the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL). Working as a member of the Council also offers a chance to meet new people and build networks inside and outside the student movement.

If you are interested in supervising your own rights as a student, choose one of the following:

Option 1: Become a candidate
If you think you have something to give to the Student Union and its future, run for the Representative Council. Every member of the Student Union (ISYY) who has registered their presence at the university before 4th of October 2017 is an eligible candidate.

As an edaattori (member of the representative council) you will have a chance to influence the Student Union and university matters. You are determining the strategy of the Student Union, how should it work and what will it do in the future. You are also cooperating with the university, supervising students’ interests and helping build a better future for them.

How to become a candidate?
Running for the representative council happens via a list of candidates. Every list has its own person in charge who takes care of the practical matters concerning joining the list. If you want to run for a certain list of candidates, contact the person in charge. You’ll find the contact information of persons in charge on ISYY’s web page here.

There are different lists, for example, political student organisations, the uncommitted groups, and student associations have their own lists. Also, anyone can establish their own list.

The elections are held in a proportional representation, which means that each candidate can run only for one list. Eligible candidates are members of ISYY who have registered their presence at the university before 4.10.2017.

The Central Election Committee publishes regulations for campaigns and candidate marketing.

Option 2: Vote
If you do not want to become a candidate, but still want to make a difference, log into the electronic ballot box during the pre-election days on 30.10.–3.11.2017 or on the actual election day on 8.11.2017. Eligible voters include members of the Student Union (ISYY) who have registered their presence at the university before 23rd of October 2017.

Why should you vote in the elections of Representative Council?
Elections of the Representative Council are the most important elections of your time as a student. You get to choose the people who make decisions concerning the Student Union and the services ISYY offers to its members. The Council also cooperates with the university and therefore helps build a better tomorrow for you!

If your own well-being and interests are important to you, choose the candidate who represents your views and vote, because nobody will do it for you!

How to vote?
The lists of candidates will be published on ISYY’s official information boards on 10th of October 2017. The elections are electronic. Pre-elections will take place during 30.10.–3.11.2017 and the actual election day is 8.11.2017.  All members of the student union who have registered their presence at the university before 23.10. are eligible voters.

All eligible voters will receive a link by email before the pre-elections begin. Voting is conducted electronically via the link. The link directs to the login page of the electronic ballot box (registration with UEF username and password). You can see the instructions for voting here. Each person can vote only once and it is not possible to vote by proxy

More information about the elections:
Chairperson of the Central Election Committee:
Sami Gabbouj tel. 045 355 9399, sami.gabbouj@uef.fi

Read more:
ISYY: Representative Council
ISYY: Election Documents
Elections on Facebook
Voting: Electronic ballot box