Elections for the University Council: SGL catches up to LVS
During the student elections for the University Council, Studenten Groepering Leiden (SGL, Student Assembly Leiden) gained a seat and caught up to the Lijst Vooruitstrevende Studenten (LVS, List Progressive Students). Both parties now have three seats in the council. The voter turnout for the elections was 21%.
The third seat for the SGL was taken over from the Bewust en Progressief party (BeP, Aware and Progressive), who thus lost their seat. Both the SGL and the LVS were entitled to a remaining seat, while the Christelijke Studentenfractie Leiden (CSL, Christian Student party Leiden) retained their single seat.
A bizarre result was seen in the election of this year’s student representatives in the Faculty Council of Social and Behavioural Sciences. One remaining seat had to be allocated to a party, but it turned out that the SGL and the LVS had been given exactly the same number of votes. An unusual coincidence, or just indicative of the strength of both parties? The only remaining option was to randomly allocate the seat, and the SGL party was the lucky party.
Students and staff members are entitled to elect their own representatives, but do not necessarily vote at the same time. Staff members were thus not allowed to vote for the University Council this year, but were able to participate in elections for several faculty councils. Representatives of staff members were chosen for the Archaeology council, while elections were also held for student representatives in the faculty councils of Campus The Hague and the Humanities. Elections for both staff members and students were also held for the councils of the Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences and the Mathematics and Natural Sciences faculties.
Students from the Medicine faculty elected representatives for their Student Council, though the LUMC also has an Employee Council
The student candidates for the Archaeology department, as well as the candidates in the staff member elections for Campus The Hague and the Humanities, were automatically elected. This happened because the number of candidates was equal to, or lower than, the number of available seats.
The General and Administrative Services Department, the ICT Shared Service Centre, the Student and Educational Affairs and the University Libraries Leiden elected a new departmental council. The ICLON, the Real Estate Directorate and the UFB didn’t have to vote either, as the number of candidates there was also equal to or lower than the number of seats.
The turnout percentages widely differed throughout the various elections. By far, turnout percentages were highest for the departmental councils, where they varied from 55.6% for Student and Educational Affairs up to 77.8% at the ICT Shared Service Centre. In all of these staff member elections, turnout was at least 25% higher than the best rate for the faculty council elections. There, the highest percentage was 31.2% (students at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences).
The lowest turnout was registered in the student election for the Medical Faculty Council (19.9%). On average, the turnout of staff members in faculty elections was higher than that of students; in the Law Faculty, a difference of 6% was registered. The only exception occurred at the Faculty Council for the Social and Behavioural Sciences, where the percentage of student voters was 4.5% higher than that of staff members.
(3 June 2015)