The next Representative Council elections will be held in 2019.

The most important elections of your studentship – Student Union’s Representative Council Elections

Now you have the opportunity to take part in the most important elections of your studentship! Representative Council Elections of the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) take place in autumn 2019 in both campuses of the University of Eastern Finland.

Elections will have advance election and the actual election day. 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 Representative Council has 39 members. Representative Council’s term is for two years and the Representative Council is led by presiding officers.

Representative 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 Representative 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 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 it should 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, i.e. spokesperson, 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.

There are different lists, for example political student associations, uncommitted groups and student organisations 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.

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 or on the actual election day. Eligible voters include members of the Student Union (ISYY) who have registered their presence at the University.

Why should you vote in the elections of Representative Council?
Representative Council elections 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. Representative 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 bulletin board in autumn 2019. The elections are electronic. All members of the Student Union who have registered their presence at the University are eligible voters.

Each person can vote only once and it is not possible to vote by proxy.

Read more:
ISYY: Representative Council
ISYY: Election Documents
Voting: Electronic ballot box (opens later)