The student council elections will be postponed by three weeks and will now be held in the week of 8-12 June. The processes surrounding the elections have also been adjusted in such a way that any moments requiring physical contact have been replaced by communications via the UvA website, social media, email and/or phone.
A poll by the Central Student Council showed that most faculty councils are in favour of postponing the elections, because recruiting candidates and organising campaigns is difficult under the current circumstances. There’s also a concern turnout may be low.
Chair of the Central Student Council Pjotr van der Jagt: ‘I am proud to see that we have received valuable input from all the student councils on the options surrounding the elections at short notice and despite these strange circumstances. In times of crisis we need to be creative, and all the student councils are taking this to heart. I hope this will inspire a next generation.’
Based on the input the Central Voting Office has concluded that it 'must assume that the student participation would not be served by maintaining the current timeframe' and has therefore decided to postpone the elections.
The timeframe is now as follows: