Standing as a candidate

STAND AS A CANDIDATE

The nomination of candidates ends at 4 p.m. on 28 September 2017. This page offers information to those still considering standing in the representative elections. Official documents and instructions can be found here.

WHO CAN STAND IN THE ELECTIONS?

You are eligible to stand as a candidate in the Representative elections if you are a member of the Student Union Tamy. Each term, the Council needs both new and old representatives. You do not need to be experienced in student politics in order to stand as a candidate. The main requirement is that you are interested in taking action and learning more about important issues. Each electoral alliance usually has representatives from earlier terms, and they will gladly help you get started once you have been elected.

WHY SHOULD I STAND IN THE ELECTIONS?

The Council elected this year will be the last of its kind, since the integration of the universities will have an effect on the structure of the student unions as well. By standing as a candidate you are able to become a member of a unique group and a part of a historical change. As a member of the Council, you will gain experience on argumentation and negotiation, and you will also be able to network with students from other degree programmes.

WHAT DOES THE COUNCIL OF REPRESENTATIVES DO?

The Council of Representatives is the highest decision-making body in the Student Union. The Council meets approximately five times during the academic year. The Council decides on Tamy’s outlines, such as the budget and plan of action. This time, the term of office of the Council elected in 2017 will only be one year.

DO I NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF AN ELECTORAL ALLIANCE?

No. You can also stand in the elections as an independent candidate. However, being a member of an electoral alliance increases your chances of becoming elected. In the Representative Elections, the votes of an electoral alliance or an electoral circle are counted first. After this, the votes are divided between the members of the electoral alliance in a specific order.

WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ON ELECTORAL ALLIANCES?

The official list of electoral alliances will be formed after the nomination of candidates. Before that, you can familiarize yourself with the current Council groups (in Finnish).

 

If you have any additional questions, you can contact the Elections project secretary: vaaliprojektisihteeri@tamy.fi.

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