Elections to the 69th Student Parliament
Elections to the 69th Student Parliament 2023
Welcome to the website for the elections to the Student Parliament of Saarland University.
The elections for the 69th Student Parliament of Saarland University will take place from June 19 to 23, 2023.
Note: The link above will take you to the online voting. In order to gain access to this and to be able to cast your vote online, you must enter your individual pin and tan combination. This legitimizes you. The personal pin-tan combination will be sent to your student e-mail address before the election.
If you have not received your pin-tan combination, please contact the election administration immediately: wahlleitung(at)stupa-wahl.de. Please include your first name, last name, subject and matriculation number in your request.
If you have any other questions about the election, please contact the election administration: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can write to us via direct message. You can reach us at teams under the identifier: s9mhthie.
Candidates and lists
The list of candidates and lists as well as information about them can be found on the German version of the election website
Eligibility to vote and exercise of the right to vote
All students who are enrolled at Saarland University in the summer semester (deadline April 1, 2023) are eligible to vote. All eligible students are assigned to one constituency. Students enrolled in more than one major may apply to the election administration to change their assigned constituency.
Eligible voters may exercise their right to vote actively and passively. To exercise the active right to vote, votes must be cast at election times either electronically or by mail in accordance with the requirements of the election regulations.
The passive right to vote is exercised by standing as a candidate. For list or direct candidacy, a written application must be submitted to the election officer for the elections to the 69th Student Parliament of Saarland University.
For the elections to the 69th Student Parliament, election proposals can be submitted until June 2, 2023 (submission deadline).
The forms require the use of Microsoft Word.
General and procedure of the election
The elections will take place from June 19 to 23, 2023 in electronic form (internet-based online election). The election software uniWahl and the online voting system (OWS) from the external service provider Electric Paper are used to conduct the 69th StuPa elections.
Electronic voting by a person entitled to vote requires prior authentication via a pin-tan combination, which will be sent to your student email address in advance. If you have not received an e-mail, please contact the electoral administration (email@example.com) immediately, stating your last name, first name, your field of study and your matriculation number. Useful FAQs on the electronic voting process can be found below: To the FAQs The electronic voting option starts on June 19 at 8:00 a.m. and ends on June 23 at 3:00 p.m. Electronic voting can be done using the person entitled to vote's own device (smartphone, PC, laptop, etc.).
For more information, see the election website. The elections to the student parliament elect the members of the 69th student parliament and the member of the 69th general student committee responsible for the Homburg campus. The student parliament consists of 33 members (Art. 7 Para. 1 SdS in conjunction with § 1 Para. 2 WO-StuPa). Of these, 13 are elected on the basis of direct nominations in constituencies (majority elections) and 20 on the basis of list nominations (proportional representation). Elections are held in four constituencies: Constituency 1 (Faculty R and the Department of Economics of the Faculty HW) Direct mandates: 3 Constituency 2 (Faculty M) direct mandates: 2 Constituency 3 (Faculty P and Faculty HW except for the Department of Economics) Direct mandates: 4 Constituency 4 (Faculty MI, Faculty NT and Studienkolleg) Direct mandates: 4
The persons entitled to vote have been entered in the registers of eligible voters (electoral roll) as of the cut-off date (April 1, 2023). The electoral roll is created in electronic form from the official and current student statistics of the General Student Secretariat.
Every person entitled to vote has the right to inspect the electoral roll until May 29, 2023. Anyone who considers the electoral roll to be incorrect or inaccurate may raise objections to it with the election officer within this period.
Please note that only students who are listed in the electoral roll can vote in the election. Therefore, please check your eligibility to vote.
The request to inspect the electoral roll must be sent by e-mail to the election officer (firstname.lastname@example.org). The request must include the surname, first name, date of birth and matriculation number of the person entitled to vote and the person making the request.
StuPa election briefly explained!
The Student Parliament (StuPa) is the highest body of the constituted student body. It consists of 33 members, 13 of whom are directly elected.
In general, it is the task of the student body (which is divided into student councils) to represent the professional, economic, cultural and social interests of the students, to take a stand on university policy issues, to promote the political, intellectual and artistic education of the students and to maintain university sports as well as national and international contacts.
While the student council represents in particular the subject-related interests of the students of a subject area, the StuPa is responsible for the following tasks in particular:
- The most important task of the parliament is the election and control of the General Student Committee (AStA).
- In addition to this, there are other important tasks for the "general" representation of the interests of the student body, such as the amendment of the statutes of the student body or the election of representatives in important bodies of the university.
The student body at Saarland University is a so-called constituted student body because its association is stipulated in the Saarland Higher Education Act (SHSG).
Section 83 of the SHSG states: "The students enrolled at the university form a legally responsible body of the university with the right of self-administration (student body).
To exercise this right of self-administration, bodies are to be established which represent the interests of the students within the scope of their self-administration competence. The organs of the student body are the student parliament, the general student committee and the council of elders. The right to vote for the organs of the student body is exercised in free, equal and secret elections according to the principles of personalized proportional representation.
With the election of the student parliament, you elect your representation of interests, which has to stand up for your concerns and interests! This includes, for example, the negotiation of the semester ticket and its implementation with the transport companies by the AStA appointed by the StuPa. As this example already shows, the election of the student parliament has a great influence on your studies and your possibilities as a student.
Therefore, use your right to vote!
The student body (i.e. all enrolled students) is initially divided into so-called student councils:
These student councils are elected separately from the student parliament within the framework of the so-called student council elections. They form your subject-specific representation of interests specifically for the course of study in which you are enrolled. Accordingly, only the students of the respective study program are eligible to vote for their student council. The student parliament, on the other hand, represents your interdisciplinary interests by electing and controlling the AStA.
Or to explain it with the wording of the law: The student councils take care of the students' subject-related concerns and university-political interests in their area. They advise the students and contribute to the promotion of study matters (cf. § 83 para. 2 SHSG).
The General Student Committee (AStA) is the executive body of the representation of interests elected by the student parliament. It could also be called the executive of the constituted student body. It represents the student body externally and is responsible in particular for the implementation of the budget adopted by the student parliament.
It is controlled by the student parliament.
The task of the Council of Elders is to settle disputes, control and advise the other bodies. Upon request, it checks in particular the elections to the bodies of the student body and also intervenes mediatively in disputes between or within the bodies.
From June 19, at 8am, you can access the online voting booth via the link on this page. You can use a personal device (smartphone, PC, laptop, etc.) for this purpose. Alternatively, you can cast your electronic vote at one of the two polling stations in Saarbrücken or Homburg on the devices provided for this purpose. Information on the locations of the polling stations and the opening hours can be found on this website in a timely manner. Voting can be done digitally via an online voting booth with any internet-enabled device. For this we use the software from the manufacturer Electric Paper. Before you get access to the digital voting booth, a technical check is carried out to determine whether you are entitled to vote (authentication). If this is the case, you will be forwarded accordingly. Authentication takes place in the form of a PIN and a TAN. This individual PIN-TAN combination gives you access to the online voting booth and you can cast your vote electronically. The access data will be sent to your student email address. You will also receive the link to the online voting booth with your PIN-TAN combination. Access will also be linked via a button on the election website from June 19, 2023. Please treat the access data sent to you confidentially. These are assigned anonymously to you on the basis of the electoral register. If problems occur with the authentication, please contact the election administration (email@example.com) Before you vote, you will be asked to confirm that you will vote personally - or as an assistant in accordance with the declared will of the person voting - and secretly (voting card, affidavit). Only then will you be forwarded to the voting portal of our service provider Electric Paper. Here, a pseudonym is given to the person entitled to vote and the call is cryptologically secured. It is technically ensured that no assignment can be made between you and your choice. The secrecy of the election is thus ensured on the technical side. It is important that you also pay attention to this when making the selection. Our service provider Electric Paper only receives pseudonymised data from the electoral roll. Personal data will not be transmitted at any time. Your electronic ballot papers are stored in the electronic ballot box. This is encrypted in several steps. There is no connection between the pseudonyms of those eligible to vote and the ballot papers cast. After the end of the election, the ballot box is decrypted and the votes cast are evaluated.
Request for absentee ballot
Voting by post is permitted in accordance with § 24 WO-StuPa. With the issuance of the postal voting documents, the right to cast the vote regularly during the electronic election expires.
An application for a postal vote is possible until May 29, 2023. Absentee ballots must be received by the election administration by June 23, 13:00.