The two student unions of Tampere, The Student Union of the University of Tampere and Student Union of Tampere University of Technology, will merge into one along their universities at the turn of the year. 424 students ran in the elections for the student council for the new student union, and during 24.-26.9. all members of both existing student unions got to vote for 49 representatives for the council.
Election results (in Finnish only): vaalitulos
Some of the electoral alliances and electoral circles changed from previous elections. Most out of the 49 seats in the new council, 34 seats, were taken by electoral circle TEKIJÄ, which are divided as follows: Vapaaboomarit 4 seats, Medaattorit 4 seats, Kahden Tähden Teekkarit 3 seats, Rakentava tulevaisuus 3 seats, Tietoteekkarit 3 seats, Punainen Lumi 3 seats, Optio 2 seats, Chemical Brothers and Sisters 2 seats, Kyltyrböndet 2 seats, Hallintotieteiden liitto 2 seats, Alfahiukkaset 2 seats, Luuppi_Puolue one seat, Pätöteho one seat, BosaBeerParty one seat, and International Representatives Group one seat.
Electoral circle Silta took 7 seats, which are divided by Kontakti with 3 seats, Sitoutumattomat kasvatustieteilijät with 2 seats, and Sitoutumattomat yhteiskuntatieteilijät with 2 seats. Electoral circle Punavihreä kupla took also 7 seats, which are divided with Viva – Tampereen yliopiston vihreä vasemmisto’s 5 seats and Vihreä lista, which took 2 seats.
Electoral alliance Oikeisto-opiskelijat got one seat. The most seats by a single electoral alliance was taken by Viva -Tampereen yliopiston vihreä vasemmisto with 5 seats.
Most votes were collected by Tuomas Nyrhilä at 105 votes. Tuomas is from Medaattorit electoral alliance.
The voting percentage rose to 38,91% from previous elections, where Tamy’s percentage was 31,33 and TTYY’s 35,5. The growth may be due to students’ interest growing because of the historical situation. Usually all student unions hold the elections on the same dates in November, but the changes in the law governing universities dictated that Tampere had to choose the new council by the end of September.
“It’s a great thing to be a part of history, creating an entirely new student union. Congratulations to all chosen representatives from all of us in the central election committee!”, says the chair of the committee, Jukka Koivisto.
The new council starts working on October 9, when they choose their chairperson. After that they will convene for 4 more meetings this autumn.
For more information:
chair of the central election committee
secretary for the central election committee