Representatives election 2020

Decide how JAMKO should work in the year 2021! JAMKO’s highest authority, the Representative’s council is elected during Oct 26th – Nov 4th. You as JAMKO member are able to stand as a candidate, vote and use your power to decide who will regulate JAMKO’s membership fee, policies and action. More info about the work of JAMKO’s Representatives’ council and its work here.

JAMKO and majority of other Finnish Student Union’s have the same election date Nov 4th. The joint election day is meant to standardize the representatives work in student unions and gather more attention nationwide.

Elections are conducted as a proportional representation system, and the process of filing of candidacy, signing up electoral alliances and rings are done completely online.

Schedule of the elections:

  • 31.8.2020 Candidate lists can be established 2 business days before the election announcement.
  • 2.9.2020 The announcement of elections and standing as a candidate begins
  • 21.9.2020 Standing as a candidate ends at 3 p.m.
  • 26.10.2020 The voting link will be sent to students with voting rights.
  • 26.10. – 4.11.2020 at 3 pm Voting period
  • 4.11.2020 Election night and publication of results

Central election committee is in charge of organizing the Representatives election. The Chairperson of Central election committee is Taina Saarimaa, +358 400 571641, pj.keskusvaalilautakunta(a)

Central election committee 2020

Chairperson Taina Saarimaa
Vice chairperson Janita Hietala

Members and vice members
Lassi Halkosaari, vice member Antti Paunonen
Johanna Kaasalainen, vice member Lotta Jänkävaara
Nea Tiihonen, vice member Elsa Hieta

Further information
Central Election Committee, keskusvaaliautakunta(a)

What is the representatives council?


  • is the highest authority of Student Union JAMKO.
  • is comprised and lead by JAMK UAS students.
  • consists of 21 members and 21 vice members.
  • operates for one calendar year at a time.
  • uses Finnish language, but international students are welcome to participate.
  • decides the student union’s membership fees, the student union’s plan of action and budget.
  • gives its opinions on other important matters that affect all students in JAMK UAS.

What is the work like?

  • is in an integral role of the active student community.
  • affects education, student affairs in JAMKO, JAMK and Jyväskylä.
  • is the voice of students in different JAMK’s working groups.
  • networks with important future connections.
  • gains experience in organisational work, influencing and decision making.
  • gains expert knowledge pertaining to their own interests at JAMKO Academy.
  • will not delay your studies or take a large amount of your time. The representatives meet a few times during the term. However, the representative can make motions and participate otherwise according to their own interest like to working groups.
  • things will not be hard to understand as all matters are prepped beforehand and presented to the members before the meeting.
  • you are the expert in being a student and your opinion has an impact.

Stand as a candidate!

How to stand as a candidate

Candidacy filing period starts with the electoral announcement at JAMKO’s Kick-Off on September 2nd 2020 and lasts until September 21st until 3 p.m.

JAMK students who have joined JAMKO for the academic year 2020 – 2021 are eligible to stand as candidates. You stand as a candidate by filling in and sending the electronic conditional application form.

The necessary forms for standing as a candidate and forming a union or ring will be available at the end of the election site during the candidacy filing period.

Candidates may stand as independent candidates or form an electoral alliance and / or electoral ring together with other candidates or unions.

Electoral alliances can be formally formed 2 days before the start of the candidacy filing period, but it is a good idea to start compiling the list well in advance. It is advisable to announce the list as soon as the period begins, because then the information in the list can be made public.

Electoral alliance is a group formed by one or more eligible candidates and the votes cast on the electoral alliance will be counted in favour of the candidates. Often the members of the alliance study in the same degree programme or share similar views related to student politics.

The founder of the alliance acts as its spokesperson, but he/she does not have to be a candidate in the election himself or be a member of JAMKO. The spokes person provides the association’s founding document, acts as a liaison between the Central Election Committee and the candidates, provides information to the candidates and acts as a support during the election. The Central Election Committee supports the election liaison officers in their duties.

In order to form an alliance, the spokesperson fills the declaring document and files it, prefetably at the beginning of the candidacy filing period or by the end of candidate filing period Sept 21st 3 p.m. at the latest. The maximum amount of the candidates in one ring should be the amount of free seats in the representatives (42).

Electoral ring is two or more electoral alliances or one or more alliances and a one or more candidates who are outside of all electoral alliances. In order to form an electoral ring, a declaring document must be done and submitted to JAMKO before the end of candidacy filing period. The maximum amount of the candidates in one ring should be the amount of free seats in the representatives (42).

All the requisite forms are found at the end of this page during the candidacy filing period. 

The coalitions and the spokesperson’s information are added to this site as the as the declaring documents are filed.

More information on forming alliances and electoral rings: keskuvaalilautakunta(a)


Voting period Oct 26th – Nov 4th 3 p.m.

The voting is carried out via an electronic link that is sent to those who are eligible to vote. That means a student who has payed JAMKO membership fee for the year 2020 – 2021 by Oct 19th. The link is sent to the email address that the student has given to Student Union when he or she has joined as a member.

The results will be published at the election night event on Nov 4th.

Get to know the candidates

The candidates will be presented on JAMKO’s election site, social media and voting aid app, in which the candidates give their opinion to issues concerning JAMKO and students. The election materials and voting aid app are published on week 43. The candidates have also the possibility to participate into election panels.

Election panels

JAMKO organizes two election panels where the candidates get to answer questions about pressing issues concerning JAMKO and student politics. The panels will also be live streamed via Facebook, so you can watch and participate even if you are not at the campus. The panels are mainly held in Finnish, but some of the questions are asked in English as well. If you are an international candidate, you are able to participate in English also.

The election panels are held at Main Campus’ D-lounge during week 44. Follow the panel via JAMKO’s Facebook live. 


Voting aid app allows the voter to compare candidates and their opinions of JAMKO and issues concerning student life and student union to their own and this way to choose the most suitable person to represent them on the Representatives’ council. Application compares your answers to the answers of those candidates who have filled JAMKO’s voting aid application.

JAMKO’s voting aid app


The required materials will be updated before the candidacy filing period starts.

Stand as a candidate

Form a coalition

form an electoral ring

Rules of the elections (fin)

Electoral declaration (fin)


Register description (FIN)