Media & archives

Independent groups retained their clear majority in HYY’s Representative Council Elections


Independent groups retained their clear majority position in HYY’s Representative Council. The subject organisations strengthened their position: the electoral alliance of subject organisations HYAL received 22 seats. The Student Nations (Osakunnat) and HELP (the groups of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and law students as well as Tsemppi Group of international students) both lost one seat and now have 9.

The Independent left and HYY:n vihreät (the Greens) both received one seat more. The Independet left now has 7, Vihreät 6. Keskeiset lost one seat, Kokoomusopiskelijat and Social Democratic Students both maintained their seats.

9 124 students out of the 28.000 students of the University of Helsinki voted in the elections. The turnout percentage was 32.3. In the last Election last year 34.3 per cents of the students voted.

HYY’s Representative Council Elections were organised on 6-7 November as traditional ballot box elections on the four campuses of the University of Helsinki and additionally in the offices of the University of Helsinki in Lahti and Vaasa. Altogether 622 students ran as candidates. The Representative Council of 60 members is the highest decision-making body of the Student Union.

The preparatory election results are available on:

The preparatory distribution of seats (change to the elections of 2011):
HYAL 22 (+1)
HELP: 9 (-1)
Osakuntien suuri vaalirengas: 9 (-1)
Maailmanpyörä / Independent Left: 7 (+1)
Maailmanpyörä / HYY:n Vihreät: 6 (+1)
Oikea suunta/ Kokoomusopiskelijat: 3 (-)
Oikea suunta / Keskeiset: 1 (-1)
Oikea suunta/Salo, Tuomas: 0
Socialdemocratic students:1 (-)
Svenska Nationer och Ämnesföreningar  SNÄf: 2 (-)
Liberaalinen vaaliliitto: 0
Piraatit: 0
Perussuomalainen vaaliliitto (The Finns Party): 0
Sjöström, Pär-Erik

The Central Board of Elections will confirm the official election results after the vote count audit on November 15. The term for the new Representative Council will begin on 1 December 2012 and the electorial term is two years.

Further information:
Secretary General Katri Korolainen-Virkajärvi, tel. 0400 816 426,

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.