Who may vote?
All regular members and honorary members of Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland (TEK), and ordinary members of the Finnish Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers (TFiF) who belong to TEK, will be eligible to vote in the election if their membership has been approved before 1 January 2020 and they are members at the time of the election.
Members of TEK who are living abroad are also eligible to vote in the General Council election. The eligibility requirements and election dates are the same as for members living in Finland.
Who can I vote for?
The candidates will be published at the end of February. An election engine is opened on 11 March to help you find just the right candidate for you. The electoral alliances who have nominated candidates are presented in TEK magazine (in Finnish).
In the image below you can see how electoral coalitions and alliances are organised in TEK's election.
In the electoral district of Tekniikan Akateemiset ry, the electoral coalitions have the following effect: when you vote for a candidate who is nominated in an electoral alliance that is part of an electoral coalition, you also influence how the candidate ranks in the electoral coalition. This gives the candidate a ranking in the electoral coalition, based on which the final candidate seats are distributed.
The candidates are nominated on specific electoral districts and you can only vote for candidates in your own district. Your own district is determined based on where you lived on 1 January 2020. An exception are members who live outside of Finland, who can vote for candidates on which ever electoral district as well as TFiF-TEK members, who can only vote for TFiFarna's candidates.
Electoral districts for Tekniikan Akateemiset ry:
Southern electoral district (32 seats): Uusimaa.
Western electoral district (21 seats): Åland, Southern Ostrobothnia, Kanta-Häme, Central Ostrobothnia, Central Finland, Tampere Region, Ostrobothnia, Päijät-Häme, Satakunta and Southwest Finland.
Eastern electoral district (6 seats): South Karelia, South Savo, Kymenlaakso, North Karelia and North Savo.
Northern electoral district (7 seats): Kainuu, Lapland and Northern Ostrobothnia.
TFiF's electoral district (4 seats) covers the whole of Finland.
Electronic elections are the environmental choice!
You may opt for either electronic or postal voting when the polls open. If you vote in both ways, only the electronic vote will be approved.
TEK will donate EUR 3.00 to charity for every electronic vote cast. Electronic voters will also be able to select their preferred environmental charity when voting, with donations going to the three most popular charities selected.
Registering as an electronic voter is made as easy as possible. You can easily identify yourself with a Finnish online banking ID or by entering an email address or a phone number to which we will send a separate code. You can log in to the voting page using the code.
Please note that the email or telephone number must match the information you have provided in TEK's membership portal. You can update your own information at oma.tek.fi portal.
We send TEK election materials primarily via email. Please note that all eligible members will nevertheless receive their voting cards by post.
Votes may be cast between 17 and 30 March 2020, and the results of the election will be declared on 7 April. This link provides further details of the election timetable.
You can choose your favourite amongst these charities:
The Finnish Nature League: supporting nature and environmental education for children and adolescents
Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation: donation to preserve old-growth forest
Baltic Sea Action Group: supporting work for the Baltic Sea
WWF: protection of Saimaa ringed seal
Gold Standard: Gold Standard certified projects for cleaner energy in developing countries
CO2-esto: elimination of emission rights
The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation: donation for FANC’s lobbying efforts for improving climate matters