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Student Union Election 2015

may 19th - 21th 2015

On this site we will constantyl update the Informations for the Elections of the students’ representatives bodies in 2015

 

Voting is for everybody!

 
 
This spring semester the elections of the Austrian Students Union are executed from the 19th till the 21st of May 2015. The Austrian Students Union is the lawful representation of all students studying at the University of Vienna and all other Universities in Austria – and you have the opportunity to decide about its goals and compilation.
 
Please note: You need to pay the membership fee for the Austrian Students Union while spring semester 2015 BEFORE the 31st of March. The membership fee has to be cleared for every semester you are studying at one of Austria’s Universities or other higher educational institutions. It enables the Austrian Students Union to finance its representation-work in all ranks. Punctual payment of the membership fee is absolutely necessary to be entitled to vote.
 
There are some changes of the rules for the elections 2015: Up to now students from third countries have been members of the Austrian Students Union and had the opportunity to vote. Due to the Students Union fighting for a modification of this law, students from third countries can be elected to be official representatives of the Austrian Students Union for the first time. Moreover after 10 years waiting you are the first who can vote for the representatives of the federal representation. This rank is the spokesperson of every student studying at one of Austria’s higher educational institutions.
 
Postal Voting is also a new option at this elections. But watch out: Postal Voting is only available for the election of the representatives of the federal representation and the chief representation of the university. You have to elect the spokespersons of your branch of study during the election period from the 19th till the 21st of May at a polling place at your institute. You find more information about the opportunity of postal voting of the federal representation and the chief representation of the university online: oeh.univie.ac.at/elections2015
 

Who elects whom?

 
The Austrian Students Union has four different levels. At the elections you can elect the officers of three of them in different ways: 
 
The National Students Union represents all students of all universities and colleges in Austria and is the counterpart for the federal ministry. After 10 years waiting you can elect the representatives of the national level directly again. You have to decide in favour of a political list. 
 
The Students Union at the university level represents students towards the university management, the rectorate and in public. You also have to elect a political list. 

The student representatives (StV) are the basic level of the ÖH. Normally they are the first contact for the students of a certain branch of studies. At this level you can elect three or five different candidates. The candidates with the highest number of votes are assigned to be the official representatives of that branch of study.

The representations at the different faculties are collaborating with the deans. In this case the mandataries are delegated by the student representatives of the different institutes. You can not vote your representation at the faculty level. 

 

 

Facts:

 

Am I allowed to vote?

YES. All regular ÖH-members have the active and passive electoral right, when they are:

  • in the same semester the election takes place
  • approved to study/ continue their study
  • are permitted to study, due to indenture
  • AND have paid their students’ union (ÖH) fee by the deadline, which is the 30th of March
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  • On which levels am I allowed to cast a ballot?

On election day you will receive at least three ballots

  • one ballot for the election of your student-representatives
  • one ballot for the election of your representatives on university level
  • one ballot for the election of your representatives on the federal level

 

Am I allowed to run for office?

Candidates on university level and on the federal level

 

The nomination of groups can be submitted 7 weeks before the first election day (19th of may) and by no later than 5 weeks before the last election day (21st of may) to an authorized election commission (university – local election commission, federal level – federal election commission). The nomination has to be submitted by an enlisted letter or in personal. (You can find an exemplary application in appendix 2 and 3 of the HSWO) (§22 HSWO)

The nomination has to include

  1. The name of the mandating group (also possibly the short form of the name)
  2. A list of candidates
  3. The candidates’ declarations of consent
  4. The name of the authorized recipient
  5. The acceptable number of endorsements ((§27)(§22 HSWO)

The list of candidates has to contain at maximum twice as many persons, as there are mandates for the respective body, to be awarded. Each candidate has to file the following information:

  1. Family name or surname and forename
  2. Year of birth
  3. Address
  4. The name of the course of study
  5. The specific personal identifier of the respective educational institute (Matrikelnummer, Personenkennzahl, Personenkennzeichen etc.)

Furthermore every candidate has to submit the confirmation of its study-permission, continuation to study or the authorization of study-permission, due to indenture.

Every candidate-nomination on the level of your university, has to fulfill a minimum number of endorsements as there are persons entitled to vote:

  • Bodies with more than 100 000 persons entitled to vote, have to submit 200 endorsements.
  • Bodies with more than 30 000 persons entitled to vote, have to submit 150 endorsements
  • Bodies with more than 15 000 persons entitled to vote, have to submit 100 endorsements
  • Bodies with more than 5000 persons entitled to vote, have to submit 50 endorsements
  • Bodies with more than 1000 persons entitled to vote, have to submit 30 endorsements
  • Bodies with more than 500 persons entitled to vote, have to submit 20 endorsements
  • Bodies till 500 persons entitled to vote, have to submit 10 endorsements

(§27 HSWO, You can find exemplary endorsements in appendix 4 and 5 of the HSWO)

The nomination for the election on the federal level needs to contain endorsements of at least  200 persons entitled to vote from at least 7 universities, whereby at least 10 endorsements from each university have to be submitted.

(§27 HSWO, You can find exemplary endorsements in appendix 4 and 5 of the HSWO)

 

Candidates running as student-representatives

 

Each candidateship as students-representative can to be submitted  7 weeks before the first election day (19th of may) and no later than 4 weeks before the last election day (21st of may), at an authorized election commission. The nomination has to be submitted by an enlisted letter or in personal (§28 HSWO; You can find an exemplary application in appendix 6 of the HSWO)

The nomination has to include:

  1. Family name or surname and forename
  2. Year of birth
  3. Address
  4. The name of the course of study
  5. The specific personal identifier of the respective educational institute (Matrikelnummer, Personenkennzahl, Personenkennzeichen etc.)

Furthermore every candidate has to submit the confirmation of its study-permission, continuation to study or the authorization of study-permission, due to indenture.

You can find the most important information concerning the elections of the students’ representatives bodies on this website. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us: oeh@oeh.univie.ac.at

 

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