Representative Council Election 2017: It’s your turn to vote!

The most exciting part of the VYY Representative Council elections starts next Tuesday 31.10. at 8 in the morning. That’s when the link to the voting system will be posted on the VYY election web page. The election will be carried out as online voting Tue-Wed 31.10.–1.11. and Tue-Wed 7.-8.11. at 8.00–18.00. Every Student Union member who has registered as attending by 30.9.2017 has the right to vote in the VYY Representative Council election from anywhere in the world, as long as they have an internet connection and remember their Haka username and password.

Did you know that the voting turnout of Representative Council elections in Finnish student unions has dropped pretty low in the recent years? In 1983, the VYY Secretary General of that time was disappointed by the voting percentage, which was barely over 50. In the 2015 VYY Representative Council elections the same percentage was 24. This year the voting is easier than ever before and not dependent on where you are during the voting days, so I challenge all our members to help us improve this election’s voting percentage!

The VYY Representative Council election page has all the information you need to find out what this election is all about, who the candidates are (in the Combined list of candidates) as well as the link to the online candidate matcher, which will help you find a candidate that is just right for you.

Once you have made the important decision on who is the best candidate to supervise the interests of you and your Student Union in the Representative Council, you can move on to the online voting system. You must log in to the system with the Haka username and password provided by the University. These are the same username and password you use to log into Moodle, for instance. Voting in the online system is easy!

If you are still unsure whether your vote was properly registered after voting, you can log in to the online voting system again. The system will tell you if you have used your vote or not.

Once you have used your right to vote (and reminded your friends to use theirs!), you just have to wait for the election results, which will be announced on 8.11. The election night event will be held in the restaurant Tørst Company (Hovioikeudenpuistikko 15) from 20.00 onwards. At the event, the most active members of the Representative Council will be rewarded and the election results will be announced!

Excited for the election,
Kaisa Paavola
Secretary General of VYY