Standing as a candidate
Both staff and students can vote during the university elections from 20 to 23 April 2020. Do you want to contribute to and have a say in the future of Leiden University? Then submit your candidacy for the University elections on 17 and 18 March!
Standing as a candidate: list system
You can stand as a candidate for the University Council and the Faculty Councils of Humanities, Law, Social Sciences and Science in two ways:
- You can join an existing candidate list. To this end, contact a party. Parties fill in an application (Dutch only) and collect at least five signatures from eligible voters who support the party. Candidates sign an accompanying statement. All this is submitted to the concerning Polling Station.
- You can set up your own candidate list or party. To this end, you have to register your own list via the application form (Dutch only) and include at least five signatures of eligible voters who want to support the list. Together with the accompanying statements of all candidates, this will be submitted to the concerning Polling Station.
Standing as a candidate: candidate system
You can stand as a candidate for the Faculty Councils of Archeology, Governance and Global Affairs, Humanities (staff members), the LUMC Student Council and the Employee Councils by proceeding as follows: apply by filling in the application form and signing the accompanying statement (Dutch only). Part of the candidacy is the support of at least five eligible voters. Both completed forms are submitted simultaneously to the concerning Polling Station.
Decision polling stations
A few days after the application deadline, the polling stations will announce their decisions regarding the submitted candidacies. If problems are found which can be resolved- such as the lack of sufficient signatures of eligible voters who support the candidacy – the opportunity will be given to do this within the allotted dates as presented in the time schedule.
Filing an appeal
If you do not agree with a decision by a polling station with regards to the candidacy, you can file an appeal at the chamber for the elections of the Committee for Appeals and Objections (Rapenburg 70 in Leiden) within the allotted dates as presented in the time schedule.
Also against decisions regarding the correction of the electoral register, appeals can be filed at the chamber for the elections of the Committee for Appeals and Objections (Rapenburg 70 in Leiden) within the allotted dates as presented in the time schedule.
The Guideline on Language Policy states that a minimum of a passive knowledge of Dutch at B1 level is needed in order to take part in participation councils such as the University Council. This is required because Dutch is in principle the language of administration. Those interested in testing their level of Dutch can test their knowledge online, such as via Dialang, or they can take the entrance test at the Academic Language Centre of Leiden University. Moreover, those interested can follow an introductory online course in Dutch or can request for resources to follow a course in Dutch once they get elected in a participation body.