elected unanimously to continue as President of JHL
JHL (06.06.2012 - Juhani
Artto) Jarkko Eloranta was elected unanimously, on Wednesday, by the Union
Council to serve for another 5 years as the union's President. He has held
the post since September 2011.
The 120-member Union Council had its first meeting on Wednesday following
the election by direct ballot in March this year. The Council meeting
continues on Thursday.
The Union Council also elected two Vice Presidents. Teija Asara-Laaksonen
once again received the mandate to continue as one of the Vice Presidents
alongside Päivi Niemi-Laine, who was also elected to this post.
Eloranta and Niemi-Laine are Social Democrats. Asara-Laaksonen represents
the Left Alliance. In the March 2011 direct ballot the Social Democrats
received over two thirds of the votes, and candidates on the Left Alliance
list mustered almost 30 per cent of the votes. In terms of party allegiance,
the Council has 85 Social Democrats and 35 Left Alliance representatives.
Eloranta and Asara-Laaksonen received unanimous support within their own
Union Council groups, whereas Niemi-Laine won the majority of votes inside
the Social Democratic group when challenging the previous Vice President
Pirjo Mäkinen. Niemi-Laine was before this the head of JHL's communications
and community relations department.