Become a municipal councillor!
The most important matters of a municipality are decided by the municipal council (kommunfullmäktige/kunnanvaltuusto). The members of the municipal council, i.e. the municipal councillors, are elected through the municipal election. The municipal election is held every four years. The number of municipal councillors depends on the population of the municipality.
Who can vote?
You can vote in the municipal election if:
- you are a citizen of Finland, another EU country, Norway or Iceland and turn 18 on the election day, at the latest. In addition, your municipality of residence must be the municipality in question 51 days prior to the election day, at the latest.
- you are a citizen of any other country and turn 18 on the election day, at the latest. In addition, your municipality of residence must be the municipality in question 51 days prior to the election day, at the latest. You must also have had a municipality of residence in Finland for a continuous period of at least two years.
Who can be a candidate?
Candidates can be placed by
- parties in the register of political parties and
- persons entitled to vote who have set up a constituency association.
A candidate must be a person
- who has the right to vote in municipal elections,
- whose municipality of residence is the municipality in question,
- who is not under guardianship.
If you are interested to run in the municipal elections for the council contact one of our regional liason officers. They will help you come in contact with the local activists in your home municipality.