The next Representative Council elections of ISYY will be held in autumn 2023. The advance voting takes place between 31 October and 7 November 2023 and the actual voting day is 8 November 2023. 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.
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.
Running for the Representative Council happens via candidate lists. Every candidate list has one person in charge, who is called a representative. When someone is interested in joining the list, the representative takes care of practical matters. If you would like to run for a certain candidate list, please contact the representative 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 nonaligned. If you are unable to find a suitable list for your personal interests, you may also establish your own candidate list. A candidate can announce that they are a nonaligned candidate as they nominate themselves. There is no exact definition of what it means to be a nonaligned candidate in the Representative Council Elections. The candidate and the candidate list can freely define the nature of being nonaligned. This can mean, for example, that the candidate does not commit to the policy of the candidate list or its collaborators.
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 by a certain date is an eligible candidate at the elections, and each candidate is allowed to represent one list only.
The Central Election Committee of ISYY has published regulations for campaigning and candidate marketing. You can find it from the "Campaigning" section.
You can establish your own list of candidates if you are eligible as a candidate yourself. The founder of the list becomes a representative and may run as a candidate on their list. So the founder of a candidate list is the same person as the representative of the list. The representative 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.
Candidates of the ISYY Representative Council have the opportunity to campaing on the campuses of both cities on separately announced days. Dates and places reserved for the campaigning can be found in the election calendar. Remember to register for the campaigning days with the form(s) linked below. For the campaigning day on 11 October, participants must register by 9 October by 12 pm (noon) because ISYY's Association Days are being held on the same day.
Google Forms, opens in a new window: Registration for campaigning days in Joensuu
Google Forms, opens in a new window: Registration for campaigning days in Kuopio
Candidate Lists have a possibility to hang their poster to the official noticeboards that are clearly marked with ISYY's Candidate List Combination and that are located in the campus buildings. From Joensuu campus you can find noticeboards from the following buildings: Carelia, Agora, Natura, Futura, Metria. Noticeboards in Kuopio Campus are located in the following buildings: Snellmania (1st floor), Canthia (2. floor), Studentia (ISYY office).
The Central Election Committee has issued election advertising guidelines for the 2023 Representative Council Elections, which you can find from the link below.
Isyy.fi, opens in a new tab: Election Advertising Guidelines 2023 (pdf)
Voting in these elections is done via Tuudo. Tuudo offers a candidate gallery in which voters can read more about the candidates. The candidates have the possibility to send ISYY an introduction text of themselves, a picture and a link (e.g. to a blog) by 8.10.2023 (NB! Updated due date from 5 October to 8 October) via an electronic form. The form can be found on the "Election documents" webpage. ISYY's Coordinator of the Representative Council elections adds the candidates' information to the candidate gallery and the gallery is published on 11.10.2023.
If you have any questions or you need help, contact our Coordinator of the Representative Council elections or Coordinator of Administration.
Kia Duché, Coordinator of the Representative Council elections, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), vaalikoordinaattori(at)isyy.fi, tel. +358 44 576 8450
Elina Pitkänen, Coordinator of Administration, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), kv.kuopio(at)isyy.fi, tel. +358 44 576 8413
Isyy.fi, opens in a new tab: 2023 Election Announcement of the Representative Council Elections (pdf)
Isyy.fi, opens in a new tab: The Election Regulations
Isyy.fi, opens in a new tab: Representatives for the Candidate Lists
Isyy.fi, opens in a new tab: Processing of Personal Data
Isyy.fi, opens in a new tab: Election Calendar
Isyy.fi, opens in a new tab: Election Documents