The Representative Council elections of the University of Helsinki (HYY) will be organised on 6-7 Nov. In the elections, the highest decision-making body of the Student Union, the Representative Council of 60 members will be elected. All student union members, nearly 30,000 students are entitled to vote in the elections. The election atmosphere will begin already during advance voting on 31 Oct-1 Nov.
The results of the students' election may also influence the lives of other city residents, as the Student Union has significant real estate property and HYY actively cooperates with the City of Helsinki with issues related to student housing and public transport, among other things. The Representative Council decides on the corporate governance of HYY Group which owns Kaivopiha properties and therefore has effect on what happens right at the heart of Helsinki.
On the election days, campus areas are taken over by the campaigns of candidate groups, election tents, candy distributors and election ads. The elections are visible particularly in the vicinity of polling stations, such as outside Porthania at Yliopistonkatu Street. In the Representative Council elections, students may vote at a total of 12 polling stations on the four campuses of the University of Helsinki. In addition, students may also vote in the offices of the University of Helsinki in Lahti and Vaasa. The election results will be revealed in the election night party at the Old Student House (Mannerheimintie 3) on Wednesday night, 7 November. The election party will begin at 6pm and the event is open to everyone. The candidates' opinions can be found at HYY's candidate matcher at www.hyy.fi/vaalikone.
The Representative Council elections are organised in nearly all Finnish student unions every other autumn. In HYY, elections are now exceptionally held for the second year in a row. In this way, HYY shifts to a new election rhythm. In future, the Representative Council elections are always held in even-numbered years. The change was made because the university organises its administrative elections in odd-numbered years.
For further information on HYY's elections, please contact Secretary General Katri Korolainen-Virkajärvi, paasihteeri(at)hyy.fi, tel. 0400 816 426
You may also contact HYY's Communications Officer Jenni Heikkinen for interview requests, etc. at tiedottaja(at)hyy.fi, tel. 050 543 9609
HYY is a body governed by public law which consists of students and acts as the benefit, service and non-governmental organisation to its members and is the central and service organisation for approximately 250 organisations which operate within the Student Union. HYY's Representative Council decides on the Student Union's monetary affairs, namely the annual budget of approximately four million euro, decides on the purchase and sale of real estates, sets the goals and key objectives for the Student Union's business operations and elects the chief editor of Ylioppilaslehti student magazine as well as the Student Union's presiding officers, board and the secretary general, among others. The term of the new Representative Council will begin on 1 Dec 2012 and the duration of the term is two years.
Advance voting on 31 Oct−1 Nov, 11am−5pm:
City Centre Campus, Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3)
Viikki Campus, Information Centre (Viikinkaari 11)
Kumpula Campus, Physicum (Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2a)
Meilahti Campus, National Library of Health Sciences (Haartmaninkatu 4).
Kaisa Building (Fabianinkatu 30)
Election days on 6−7 Nov, 10am−6pm:
Unicafe Ylioppilasaukio (Mannerheimintie 3 C)
University main building (Fabianinkatu 33)
Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3)
Metsätalo Building (Unioninkatu 40)
Kaisa Building (Fabianinkatu 30)
Learning Centre Minerva (Siltavuorenpenger 5 A)
National Library of Health Sciences (Haartmaninkatu 4)
Institute of Dentistry (Mannerheimintie 172/Kytösuontie 9)
Physicum (Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2a)
Exactum (Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2b)
Information Centre (Viikinkaari 11)
EE Building (Agnes Sjöbergin katu 2)
Department of Ecological and Environmental Sciences (Niemenkatu 73, Lahti)
University of Vaasa (Yliopistonranta 7, Vaasa)
Polling stations outside Helsinki in Lahti and Vaasa are open on both election days between 10am−4pm.