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Students of the University of Helsinki to appoint their Representative Council on 4-5 Nov, advance voting on 29-30 Oct

27.10.2014

The Representative Council elections of the University of Helsinki (HYY) will be organised on 4-5 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 28,000 students are entitled to vote in the elections. The election atmosphere will begin already during advance voting on 29-30 Oct. 

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. The candidates' opinions can be found at HYY's candidate matcher at www.ylioppilaslehti.fi/vaalikone .

The number of candidates in the Representative Council elections is 626, slightly higher than in the previous Representative Council elections in the year of 2012, when there were 622 candidates. This time, 11 groups participate in the elections. The independent groups os Student nations and subject organisations have the most candidates on their lists. Osakuntalainen electoral alliance has 142 candidates,  HYAL+Tsemppi group (subject organisations and international students) 125, HELP (students of dentistry, medicine and law) 106 and Svenska nationer och ämnesföreningar SNÄf r.f. 36.

Of the political groups, Sosiaalidemokraattiset opiskelijat – OSY increased its number of candidates significantly: it had 31 candidates in 2012 and now it has 54 candidates. Maailmanpyörä electoral alliance of HYYn Vihreät and Sitoutumaton vasemmisto now has hundred candidates (2012: 99). The number of candidates in the right-wing groups is significantly smaller than in the previous elections: Edistykselliset alliance formed by Kokoomusopiskelijat and Keskeiset has 43 candidates, when it had a total of 67 candidates in the previous elections. Perussuomalaiset have eight candidates, Piraatit have 4 and Liberaalit have 2 candidates.

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 Virgin oil restaurant (Mannerheimintie 5) on Wednesday night, 5 November. The election party will begin at 6pm and the event is open to everyone.

For further information on HYY's elections, please contact Secretary General Katri Korolainen, paasihteeri@hyy.fi, tel. 0400 816 426
You may also contact HYY's Communications Officer Jenni Heikkinen for interview requests, etc. at tiedottaja@hyy.fi, tel. 050 543 9609
www.hyy.fi/vaalit

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 2014 and the duration of the term is two years.

The polling stations of the Representative Council elections on the actual voting days on Tue-Wed, 4-5Nov 2014, 10am–6pm:

Unicafe Ylioppilasaukio, Mannerheimintie 3 C
University's 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
Physicum, Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2a
Exactum, Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2b
Information Centre, Viikinkaari 11
Institute of Dentistry, Mannerheimintie 152/Kytösuontie 9 – Note! OPEN 8am-4pm!
EE Building, Agnes Sjöbergin katu 2  – Note! OPEN 8am-4pm!

The polling stations in Lahti and Vaasa, open 10am-4pm
Department of Ecological and Environmental Sciences, Niemenkatu 73, Lahti
University of Vaasa, Yliopistonranta 7, Vaasa

Advance voting will be organised on Wed–Thu, 29-20 Oct 2014,  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)