There have been quite a few interesting and surprising votes and elections in Switzerland lately so I decided to create a thread for this.
Let's start with the most important recent cantonal elections.
- In March, a new parliament and canton government were elected in Valais.
The results were as follows:
CVP/CSP 61 seats (-7)
FDP 28 (+/-0)
SVP 21 seats (+9)
Left Alliance 20 (-2)
Canton Government (second ballot):
Oskar Freysinger (SVP - new) 56.913 votes
Waber-Kalbermatten Esther (SP - incumbent) 48.602 votes
Cina Jean-Michel (CVP - incumbent) 46.369 votes
Melly Jacques (CVP - incumbent) 42.862 votes
Tornay Maurice (CVP - incumbent) 41.792 votes
Bender Léonard (FDP - new) 29.874 votes - NOT ELECTED
Seat changes: FDP -1, SVP +1http://www.vs.ch/Navig/droitspolitiques.asp?MenuID=4340&Language=fr
- In April a special election for a seat in the 5-member canton government was held in Basel-Landschaft since Adrian Ballmer, one of two FDP members in the canton government, retired. The FDP decided to throw their support behind a SVP candidacy, and subsequently an election took place between Thomas Weber (SVP) and Eric Nussbaumer (SP).
Thomas Weber (SVP) 36.797 votes - ELECTED
Eric Nussbaumer (SP) 32.176 votes
Seat changes: FDP -1, SVP +1http://www.baselland.ch/main_wahlen-htm.273417.0.html
- Elections for cantonal parliament and the 5-member canton government were held in Neuchâtel yesterday.
Full results of the elections for parliament aren't available yet due to technical problems and because of the fact that several candidates appear to have the same number of votes. The electoral authorities of Neuchâtel released the following message last night:
"Attention : les résultats de l'élection au Grand Conseil contiennent certaines égalités de suffrages. C'est notamment le cas entre MM. G. Tarantino et L. Godet du district de Boudry.
Il appartiendra donc à la commission chargée du tirage au sort de départager les candidats. Cette commission n'ayant pu se réunir en raison de l'heure tardive des derniers résultats procédera à cette opération dans la journée de lundi."
Canton government (first ballot):
Absolute majority: 22.311 votes
Kurth Laurent (SP - incumbent) 21.351 votes
Karakash Jean-Nathanaël (SP - new) 20.422 votes
Perrin Yvan (SVP - new) 18.698 votes
Maire-Hefti Monika (SP - new) 17.440 votes
Ribaux Alain (FDP - new)16.987 votes
Herrmann Patrick (Greens - new) 15.363 votes
Grosjean Thierry (FDP - incumbent) 14.055 votes
Humbert Fred Alain Nago (POP (Left) - new) 13.904 votes
Gnaegi Philippe (FDP - incumbent) 12.767 votes
Preliminary seat changes: FDP -2, SP +1, SVP +1
No candidate has been elected on the first ballot, but the voters of Neuchâtel appear to be massively fed up with the current FDP-dominated government.http://www.ne.ch/neat/site/jsp/rubrique/rubrique.jsp?StyleType=bleu&CatId=4954