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More than 300 students apply to the "parliament of the students" in Turku

Release | 19.10.2015

The Elections for the Student Union Council will be held on 3rd and 4th November 2015. In total 328 students from 14 different coalitions are applying. The number of candidates in Turku is higher than in any other university in Finland.

- Finland's highest number of candidates indicates that students are really interested in the Student Union’s issues and students want to influence. A large number of candidates is also a sign of good preparation and successful communication about the elections. I hope that we will increase the voter turnout from the last elections, says Rauli Elenius, the Secretary General of the Student Union.

In the last Student Union Council elections in 2013, the voter turnout was 35 % which was the highest of the Student Unions in Finland.

In this year's elections, women tend to be more active candidates than earlier. This year half of the candidates are women. In the 2013 election the proportion of women candidates was 40 %, although about 60 % of the students of the University of Turku are women.

The Council is the highest decision-making authority in the Student Union and it decides on what the Student Union will do in each of the two years while in office. It uses this power by determining how much money will be used and for what purposes. More than 14 000 students have the right to vote.

For more information:

Student Union Council election coordinator: Tuomas Dahlström
tel. 044 970 1491