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HYY’s Representative Council Elections off to a Busy Start – the record number of voters in advance


Press release, 13 October 2011
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In the Representative Council Elections of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) on 18-19 November 2011, the highest decision-making body of the Student Union, the Representative Council of 60 members, will be elected.

The advance voting of two days was organised this week and it ended today on Thursday, 13 October, 5pm. 2319 persons voted in advance which is approximately 8,2 per cent of those entitled to vote. Entitled to vote are all HYY members registered for attendance meaning approximately 28,000 students at the University of Helsinki.

The number of votes in the advance voting was a bit better than the record result from the year 2007, when 2169 persons voted in advance and the advance voting percentage was 6,7. In the Representative Council Elections of 2009, the advance voting percentage was 5,8. It is more common that students are more enthusiastic to vote on the actual voting days.

On the actual voting days on 18–19 October, you can use your vote on the four campuses of the University of Helsinki at altogether 12 voting stations and additionally in the offices of the University of Helsinki in Lahti and Vaasa.

The Representative Council Elections have 617 candidates this year. This is almost three hundred candidates less than in the previous elections of 2009 (908 candidates). Altogether 10 coalitions have set candidates. The exact numbers of candidates are available on the election site of the Student Union on

The election results will be clear at the election night party at the Old Student House (Mannerheimintie 3) late on Wednesday night on 19 October. The election night party will begin at 6pm and everyone is welcome.

The term for the new Representative Council will begin on 1 December 2011. This time, the electoral term of the elected Representative Council is exceptionally only 1 year. This is to ensure that in the future the elections will not be arranged in the same year as the University's administrative elections.

The turnout percentage of the Representative Council Elections in the HYY elections has been higher on the 21st century than the national turnout percentage.

HYY’s Representative Council Elections (turnout percentage)
2001: 28,92
2003: 31,56
2005: 34,88
2007: 33,2
2009: 35,2
2011: the result will be clear late on Wednesday night on 19 October  

National turnout percentage of the Representative Council Elections
2001: 27,5
2003: 29,7
2005: 26,1
2007: 27,6
2009: 28,4

HYY will report about the results of its Representative Council Elections on Wednesday night right after the preparatory election results are clear. The Central Board of Elections will confirm the election results after the Vote Count Audit Committee has completed counting on 27 October 2011. The Representative Council Elections are organised almost in all Finnish student unions every second autumn. The National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) will report about the national election results.

For further information on the HYY elections please contact Secretary General Katariina Styrman,, 0400 816 426 and Communication Officer Jenni Heikkinen,, 050 543 6909