Already 115 candidates in the municipal elections in Helsinki support one, two or all of the initiatives the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) has made. A large part of the undersigned support all three initiatives. The undersigned represent all the parties of the present city council except the Christian Democrats and additionally the Pirate Party.
HYY has asked the candidates about their opinions on three issues which influence the everyday life of the students of the University of Helsinki and which are decided upon on the municipal level. The idea of the initiatives is to facilitate the voting decisions of students.
The initiative on housing demands that Helsinki reserves plots for an annual production of an average of 200 student apartments along good public transport connections and near campuses. The second initiative proposes that the central streets of the centre campus of the University of Helsinki should be transformed into bicycle and pedestrian streets. The undersigned of the third initiative want Helsinki in cooperation with the City of Espoo to establish a plan on how crosstown public transport between the university campuses and cycling traffic could be promoted. The signatories of the initiatives and the unabbreviated texts can be found on the address www.hyy.fi/initiatives.
The candidates can still express their support for the initiatives by emailing Sofia Lindqvist, specialist in city affairs at HYY (sofia.lindqvist(at)hyy.fi).
HYY has compiled a substantial information package on the municipal elections on it's website at www.hyy.fi/city. The site contains information on voting, municipal decision-making, students' election events and on the themes that are central to HYY. The site also provides information to candidates on e.g. legitimate ways to campaign on the campus areas of the University of Helsinki. The campaign rules have been approved by the university's Director of Administration.
Sofia Lindqvist, specialist (housing, health, city), sofia.lindqvist(at)hyy.fi, ph. 050 543 9605
Hanna Hannus, board member, hanna.hannus(at)hyy.fi, ph. 050 576 5073