More students casting their vote in the elections for the UU Council

Update: student turnout at 12 percent with 11 hours to go

PvdUS op verkiezingscampagne 2023, foto DUB
Student party PvdUS campaigning in the Utrecht Science Park on Monday. Photo: DUB

The elections for the faculty councils and the University Council are in full swing. This year, both students and employees are being elected.

The turnout is being followed closely as 2022 marked an all-time low amidst the Covid-19 pandemic: only 11 percent of all students showed up. A lot less than the all-time high, which happened in 2018: 26,8 percent.

The interim results show more participation at the faculty level than at the university level. The highest turnout is to be seen at University College Utrecht, where 64.4 percent of the employees voted. They are followed by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, which has a percentage of 34.4 percent.

Among students, Veterinary Medicine comes first, with 17.8 percent of the students from that programme having cast their vote. Medicine comes last: a meagre 4.3 percent of the student body showed up at the ballot box.

In an article published earlier this week, titled Council elections offering fewer and fewer options, DUB explains that everyone is allowed to vote for the University Council but not every faculty is going to be holding elections.