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Online tool to help students decide who to vote for

A newly developed election quiz (Valgomat) will help students decide who to vote for in this year’s student election, which is currently underway.

Kristian Fredrik Meyer Ødegård, photo
USE THE RIGHT TO VOTE: STA President Kristian Fredrik Meyer Ødegård encourages all students at UiA to vote in this year’s student elections.

“Use the right to vote!” This is the call from the president of the Student Organization of Agder (STA), Kristian Fredrik Meyer Ødegård. This week, the 13,000 students at UiA will elect their representatives to the faculty boards and the Student Parliament.

“I cannot underscore enough how important it is for the students at UiA to use their right to vote in the student elections. This is our opportunity to decide who will be our voice in both the faculty boards, the Teacher Education Board, and the Student Parliament”, says STA President Kristian Fredrik Meyer Ødegård.

The election is conducted electronically and ends on 8 April at 14:00. You can vote online via the website of the Student Organization of Agder, or the university’s election pages.

Online voting tool

Close to 80 student representatives in total are up for election now, including the deputy representatives at the university’s six faculty boards and the Teacher Education Board. The candidates for each position are presented in the students’ Valgavis (election paper).

With many positions to fill, it may be difficult to decide who to vote for. This year, the Student Organization of Agder has therefore made an election quiz (Norwegian only), which shows what the different candidates think about current student policy issues at UiA.

“One question, for example, is whether the rector at UiA should be elected or appointed, whether UiA needs more focus on diversity, and whether cancel culture has a negative impact on academia. These are just some of the questions you will get answered to find the student representative who best represents you,” the STA president says.

Hoping for good voter turnout

“It is important that each student votes. We have a good student democracy that emphasizes that we should be heard in matters concerning us. Each student vote contributes to strengthening student democracy - for the benefit of the students themselves and the university as a whole”, says Kristian Fredrik Meyer Ødegård.

  

Studenter i auditorium, foto

PARTICIPATION: By 8 April, students at the University of Agder will elect their representatives to boards and councils. (Stock Photo: UiA)