Make an Impact

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Representative Council?

Who administers the elections?

Why should I vote?

Who can vote?

Why should I become a candidate?

Who can become a candidate?

How do I become a candidate?

Who can form an electoral coalition?

How many candidates can a single instance nominate?

When are the candidate numbers assigned and published?

When and where is advertising permitted?

When do the results come in?

Can I follow the ballot counting?

When does the new Representative Council start working?

 

1. What is the Representative Council?

The Representative Council is the highest decision-making body in the Student Union, consisting of 39 members. The Representative Council is elected on odd years in elections held in the beginning of November for a two-year term of office. Each year, the Representative Council elects the Executive Board to manage the operations of the Student Union.

You can read more about the Representative Council on ISYY's website.

2. Who administers the elections?

The Central Elections Committee chosen by the Representative Council makes the decisions regarding the elections. The Central Election Committee follows the Student Union's Election Regulations.

You can read the Elections Regulations document on ISYY's website in the Documents folder, in the Rules subfolder.

3. Why should I vote?

The Representative Council elections are the most important elections during your studies. The elected people manage the Student Union's affairs and decide which services the Student Union provides. The elections are a chance to make an impact.

4. Who can vote?

All students who are ISYY members and registered as present in the University of Eastern Finland are eligible to vote in the Representative Council elections.

5. Why should I become a candidate?

As a Representative Council member (or Edaattori in Finnish), you can influence how the Student Union and the University are run. You can make decisions regarding the Student Union's current and future operations, you get to co-operate with the University and participate in student advocacy. In addition, as a Representative Council member you get experience in working as an elected official and acquire valuable contacts and networks for the future.

6. Who can become a candidate?

All students who are ISYY members and registered as present in the University of Eastern Finland can become candidates. However, the following people are not eligible to run in the election: the Secretary General of the Student Union, members of the Central Election Committee and high-ranking employees of companies owned or majority-owned by the Student Union.

7. How do I become a candidate?

You can become a candidate by joining a list of candidates. Each list of candidates has a Spokesperson who takes care of the practical matters of joining a list. If you wish to become a candidate on a certain list, contact the list's Spokesperson.

There are different kinds of lists of candidates. For example, political student groups, independents and Student Organizations have their own candidate lists. Everyone who is eligible to vote in the election can create their own list of candidates.

8. Who can form an electoral coalition?

Two or more lists of candidates have the right to form an electoral coalition. An electoral coalition may not not nominate more than 58 candidates. A person may only run on one list in the election.

9. How many candidates can a single instance nominate?

A Student Union member who is eligible to vote in the Representative Council elections, or a group formed by Student Union members, has the right to nominate a maximum of  fifty-eight (58) candidates.

10. When are the candidate numbers assigned and published?

All the lists of candidates will be posted on ISYY's official bulletin boards in autumn 2019.

11. When and where is advertising permitted?

The Central Election Committee will issue separate instructions concerning election advertising on campus.

12. When do the results come in?

The elections results will be published on ISYY's official bulletin boards within 24 hours after the voting closes.

13. Can I follow the ballot counting?

You can follow the ballot counting at the election night, which will be announced later.

14. When does the new Representative Council start working?

The Representative Council starts working on the first day of the year following the election year.