Take part in students' municipal election campaign in Spring 2017 - international students' voice needs to be heard too!
Did you know that even if you are not a Finnish citizen, you could be eligible to vote in Municipal Elections?
Municipal Elections are held every four years in all municipalities in Finland. The next election takes place on April, 2017. In the election, the City Council, which holds the eventual decision making power in all municipalities, will be elected. The number of elected councillors depends on the population of the municipality. In Turku the number is 67, in Pori 65 and in Rauma 51.
In Municipal Elections, in addition to Finnish citizen, also foreigners are eligible to vote if one of the following conditions applies:
1) The person is a citizen of a European Union Member State, Iceland or Norway, is at least 18 years of age and their municipality of residence, as defined by law, is the municipality in question on the 51st day before election day.
2) The person is a foreigner coming from outside EU/Iceland/Norway, is at least 18 years of age, their municipality of residence, as defined by law, is the municipality in question on the 51st day before election day and they at that time have had a municipality of residence in Finland for an uninterrupted period of two years.
How can I participate in the elections?
If you have the right to vote in the Municipal Elections, use that right! There will be plenty of candidates to choose from and most of them will be eager to present themselves to you during the campaign time in Spring.
If you are NOT eligible to vote, you can still have an impact. If you know a Finn who is candidading in the elections, join their campaign team. You will learn a lot and meet new people. If you don't know any candidates personally, you can encourage your Finnish friends to take part, too, or join the campaign team of a suitable political party.
Further information: Katariina Kulha, member of the board in TYY, responsible for Municipal policies, email@example.com