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


The Representative Council Elections of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) got a good start when more students than ever before voted in advance.

The Advance Voting of HYY’s Representative Council Elections was organised this week and it ended today on Thursday, 1 November, 5pm. 2671 persons voted in advance which is approximately 9,5 per cent of those entitled to vote. Entitled to vote are all HYY members registered for attendance meaning over 28,000 students at the University of Helsinki.

In the Representative Council Elections of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) on 6-17 November 2012, the highest decision-making body of the Student Union, the Representative Council of 60 members, will be elected.

The number of votes in the advance voting was a bit better than the record result from last year, when 2319 persons voted in advance and the advance voting percentage was 8,2.

On the actual voting days on 18–19 October, students can 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 62 candidates this year. Altogether 10 coalitions have set candidates and one candidate has signed up for the elections without a background group. 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 7 November. The election night party will begin at 6pm and everyone is welcome.

The term for the new Representative Council will begin on 1 December 2012 and the electorial term is two years.

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: 34,2 %

National turnout percentage of the Representative Council Elections
2001: 27,5
2003: 29,7
2005: 26,1
2007: 27,6
2009: 28,4
2011: 29,6 %

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 15 November 2012. 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 Katri Korolainen-Virkajärvi,, 0400 816 426 and Communication Officer Jenni Heikkinen,, 050 543 6909

HYY is a corporation consisting of students and subject to public law. It operates as a benefit, service and civic organisation for its members and as a central and service organisation for the approximately 250 organisations operating within it. The HYY Representative Council decides on the use of the Student Union’s property and its significant operational policies.