Student council elections next week
Elections for a new student council will be held between 28 May and 5 June.
All students who were registered with the university on 1 February are
entitled to vote, and can do so electronically for the first time.
Last year the turnout for the elections was only thirty-five percent of
those eligible to vote. The secretary of the election committee Sipke de
Jong expects the voting numbers to increase slightly as a result of the new
technology, if the experience of other Dutch universities is anything to go
To vote you have to log in with your password on the site with the lists of
candidates. There are three parties: the Progressive Students Fraction
(PSF), the Christian Students Fraction (CSF) and the United Students
(VeSte). At present the distribution of power is even, as each party has
four seats on the council. International students are allowed to vote,
although there are no international candidates. Bob Douma of the CSF
comments: “The Student Council is oriented towards Dutch students, whereas
the International Student Panel (ISP) is there for international students.