Election information

The role of the General Council 

 

Directly elected by the members every three years, the General Council is TEK’s sovereign policymaking body. Elections will be held in March 2020 to elect the General Council for a term of office from 2020 to 2023. The General Council comprises 70 elected members, with 66 elected from Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland and 4 elected from the Finnish Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers (TFiF).

The General Council usually meets twice annually to decide how TEK will defend the interests of its members, what kind of member services it will provide, and how the profession will influence society as a whole.

The General Council elects the Executive Council of TEK, and determines certain financial matters such as the membership fees. Working on the General Council provides an overview of the labour market and access to a broad network of members.

Visit www.tek.fi/paatoksenteko (in Finnish) to see the members currently serving on the General Council, the Executive Council and the committees of TEK.

 

Who is eligible to 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 if their membership has been approved on or before 1 January 2020.

 

Voting abroad

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.

 

Electoral districts


There will be 70 seats on the General Council, with 66 seats filled from the electoral districts of Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland and 4 seats filled from the electoral district of the Finnish Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers, which covers the whole of Finland.

The 66 seats elected by members of Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland will be divided into 32 seats from the southern, 21 seats from the western, 6 seats from the eastern, and 7 seats from the northern electoral districts.

Southern electoral district: Uusimaa.
Western electoral district: Åland, Southern Ostrobothnia, Kanta-Häme, Central Ostrobothnia, Central Finland, Tampere Region, Ostrobothnia, Päijät-Häme, Satakunta and Southwest Finland.
Eastern electoral district: South Karelia, South Savo, Kymenlaakso, North Karelia and North Savo.
Northern electoral district: Kainuu, Lapland and Northern Ostrobothnia.
 

Rules governing elections and voting

 

Click here to download the rules governing TEK General Council elections and voting (pdf document in Finnish).

Election timetable

1 January 2020: Determination of eligibility to vote and stand for election. Start of nominations and compilation of candidate lists. Electoral districts and the electoral areas of candidates to be determined according to the address entered in TEK membership records.

5 February: Nomination period ends. Candidate lists and the charters for electoral alliances and any electoral coalitions must be submitted to the election committee by no later than 12 noon.

15 February: The programmes (together with any logos and other visuals) for electoral alliances and coalitions must be e-mailed to vaalit@tek.fi by no later than 12 noon.

26 February: Election committee approves candidate list combinations. Candidates must check their candidacy details by no later than 12 noon.

10 March: Updating of personal candidate presentations and election engine response time ends at 12 noon.

11 March: TEK election engine and candidate pages opened to voters.

17 March: Voting begins at 9.00.

30 March: Voting ends.

7 April: Election results announced after 19.00.