For Candidates

The next Representative Council elections of ISYY will be held in autumn 2021.

The elections are not possible without good candidates. If you think that you could actively contribute to the Student Union and its future, why not present yourself as a candidate! Read on to find out how to do it.

Why Should You Present Yourself as a Candidate?

As a member of the Representative Council, Edaattori in Finnish, you will be able to have your say about how things are run at ISYY and UEF.  For instance, you will help determine the strategy of ISYY, cooperate with the decision-making bodies of UEF and help build a better future for students in this country.

As a member of the Representative Council, you will gain valuable experience working in a position of trust, meet new people and build valuable networks inside and outside of the student movement.

How Does it Work in Practice?

Running for the Representative Council happens via candidate lists.  Every candidate list has one person in charge, who is called a Spokesperson. When someone is interested in joining the list, the Spokesperson takes care of practical matters. If you would like to run for a certain candidate list, please contact the Spokesperson for the list in question.

There are different types of lists, many of them politically affiliated or connected to a specific field of study. However, you do not need to be politically inclined or affiliated with a specific movement, as some lists are non-aligned. If you are unable to find a suitable list for your personal interests, you may also establish your own candidate list.

ISYY utilises the proportional representation electoral system, which means that seats get distributed to each list in proportion to the number of votes the list receives.  Every member of the Student Union (ISYY) who has registered as present at the University is an eligible candidate at the elections, and each candidate is allowed to represent one list only.

The Central Election Committee of ISYY will publish regulations for campaigning and candidate marketing in autumn 2021 that you can find from the Election Documents -page.

Establishing a list of candidates

You can establish your own list of candidates if you are eligible as a candidate yourself. The founder of the list becomes a Spokesperson and may run as a candidate on their list. The Spokesperson works as a contact person between the candidates of the list and the Student Union. Two or more lists of candidates can form an electoral alliance. More detailed instructions on how to establish a candidate list are given in the Election Announcement.

Read more:, opens in a new tab: Spokespersons for the Candidate Lists