You might have encountered the call to run for representative on LTKY’s website or social media, and probably vaguely remember someone explaining it during the orientation week. But what is this election actually about, and why should you care? Let me explain.
First of all, it is important to understand what the Representative Council is actually doing. The easiest way is to think about the Student Union as a nation, and the students as the citizens. These citizens elect a parliament, which is the Representative Council, and this parliament elects the government, which is the Executive Board. So the Representative Council is the highest decision-making body in the Student Union.
The council has 27 members, and they meet approximately once a month. Important decisions that the council is responsible for include selecting people for different committees, electing student representatives in administration (HallOpEd) for various administrative organs of LUT. The Council is the one that decides about everything LTKY does, such as goals, directions and opinions, deciding about strategy, values, rules, line papers and budget. It might sound like a lot, but no need to worry! It is perfectly enough that you are interested in these topics and truly want to make a change, the rest you will learn as you go.
The elections are held every second year, therefore candidates need to be committed to a full two-year term in case they are elected. However, it’s not a problem if you graduate in the meantime. As a member of the council you will be able to participate in student advocacy, influence how the Student Union works and make decisions about its current and future operations. You will gain experience in working as an elected official, as well as make contacts and networks for the future. It will also look very good in your CV.
You might think, will language be an obstacle? It is true that as of now, most of the materials are in Finnish, as it is required by the student union rules. However, by becoming a candidate and getting elected, international students will definitely have an impact on changing the monolingual material into bilingual. Other representatives in your union will also help you with the texts so you can make informed decisions.
If you feel like you are ready for the challenge, fill in the candidate form in LTKY’s office already today! The early voting begins on 22nd October, and the actual election days are 5th and 6th of November. It is important that you still use your vote, even if you are not yet convinced to become a representative. Every vote is valuable, and you can contribute to a council that effectively represents your will and makes decisions in your favor!
Member of LTKY board