On Monday morning, the Central Office bustled with election chiefs who arrived to submit the candidate forms for the Representative Council elections. The nomination of candidates for the elections conducted on 18-19 Oct ended at 12noon on Monday. 619 candidate forms were submitted by the deadline, which is 299 less than in the previous elections in 2009 when there were 918 candidates. 10 groups have nominated candidates.
The number of candidates in almost all the groups declined from the previous elections. Only HELP and Piraatit increased their number of candidates. The student nations (Osakuntien suuri vaalirengas) have the smallest number of candidates in ten years; 161 candidates. The difference to the previous elections is more than 200 candidates (2009:362).
Group Candidates 2011 Candidates 2009
HELP 101 75
HYAL 116 129
Liberaalinen vaaliliitto 2 3
Maailmanpyörä 92 120
Oikea suunta 92
Opiskelijademarit 24 32
Osakuntien suuri vaalirengas 161 362
The Finns Party (Perussuomalainen vaaliliitto) 3 3
Piraatit 10 4
SNÄf r.f. 18 42