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University elections: Hotly contested seats

In the voting for the Board, Signe Møller Johansen got a seat for admin staff, while Eske Willeslev and Anja Andersen both got researcher seats. Student Council will continue its hold on power

While this year’s elections had contests for researchers and staff seats, student voters confirmed as expected the Student Council’s power monopoly, giving them yet again a second Board seat.

Eske Willerslev and Anja Andersen edged out other candidates. While Willerslev campaigned ‘for the elite’ or what he called excellence in research and teaching, Andersen had argued that there was not enough resources for this position. Now they will have to square their differences.

For the one TAP (Technical-administrative staff) seat, the big fight was between Joan Sonne Lykkeaa and Signe Møller Johansen, who had been battling it out in comments and e-mails to staff and colleagues for several weeks beforehand. Here Signe ended up drawing the largest number of votes.

Signe Møller Johansen elected as TAP (Technical Administrative Personnel= admin staff)

20 per cent of students voted

Students are divided into three groups: The Student Council, Frit Forum and Conservative Students. The Student Council has always held both seats on the Board. Their power monopoly will continue after this election in spite of a strong showing by the Conservative candidate.

20 per cent of students voted electronically in the election which had the highest student turnout since 2002.

The increase in election participation can be due to the fact that all available Board seats were contested this year. University elections traditionally attract low turnouts, as not all seats are contested, and many of the outcomes have been squared off beforehand in the complex voting system.

Turnout up 4.5 percentage points

Election participation covered large differences between voter groups.

Technical administrative personnel (TAP) had a turnout of 42.6 to the Board election, while 28.9 per cent of the scientific and research personnel in the VIP category voted. 20 per cent of students voted.

Students’ voting percentages were the highest since 2002 – and represented an increase of 4,5 percentage points over last year.

Voting percentage (turnout) among students and staff in University of Copenhagen elections

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