All members of the student union, who have paid the membership fee and who have registered as a present student, can stand as candidates. You don’t need to have any previous election experience. Standing as a candidate is free. Usually campaigning in the Representative Council elections is done without any financial investment, but it’s also possible if the candidate their-selves wishes to do so.
Becoming a candidate requires filling in the candidate form and submitting it to the student union Kaakko, the form can be made electronically or physically. The physical form can be returned to the student union office. You can stand as a non-attached candidate or as a member of an alliance.
You can find the candidate form and the form for establishing an electoral alliance in the links below or in the materials folder.
As a candidate, you can participate in election panels organized by the student union and you can write on the student union’s blog.
What does the candidate commit to?
The candidate commits to stay in the Representative Council for the duration of the Representative Council’s term of office, i.e. one calendar year. A member of the Representative Council is obliged to participate in all meetings of the Representative Council, which are held approximately 3-6 times during the year of operation. In addition, a member of the Representative Council must participate in various trainings, evening schools and meetings of representative council groups. Familiarizing yourself with the meeting materials, i.e. the agenda and its attachments, is essential for good and smooth work in the Representative Council.
One of the most important tasks of a Representative Cuncil member is to express their own and the voters opinions during the meetings.
WhatsApp group for the candidates
Candidates and those interested in standing to be a candidate can join a WhatsApp group organized by Kaakko. The group shares up-to-date information related to the Representative Council elections and allows you to discuss with other candidates. You can join the group via this link.