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« on: April 29, 2013, 03:08:21 am »

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:

Parliament:

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 +1

http://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).

Second ballot:

Thomas Weber (SVP) 36.797 votes - ELECTED
Eric Nussbaumer (SP) 32.176 votes

Seat changes: FDP -1, SVP +1

http://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
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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2013, 05:45:06 am »

Who do you usually vote for Zuwo?
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2013, 07:45:37 am »

Who do you usually vote for Zuwo?

Usually for the smaller evangelical parties, the FDP or SVP.
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2013, 07:54:11 am »

The results of the election for parliament in Neuchâtel have been published:

FDP/PLR: 35 seats (-6)
SP/PS: 33 (-3)
SVP/UDC: 20 (+6)
Greens: 12 (-2)
POP/SolidaritéS: 9 (-1)
Green Liberals/Vert'libéraux: 5 (+5)
CVP/PDC: 1 (+1)

While the left has emerged victorious from the elections for canton government, the left parties have lost their majority in parliament. The FDP can be considered the clear loser of the cantonal elections, while the SVP managed to improve its position.

http://www.ne.ch/neat/site/jsp/rubrique/rubrique.jsp?StyleType=bleu&CatId=4954
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2013, 08:28:13 am »

Who is in the Valais Left Alliance - SP, GPS & CSP?
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2013, 09:10:20 am »

Who is in the Valais Left Alliance - SP, GPS & CSP?

SP, Greens, CSP Lower Valais and a movement called "Entremont Autrement". The CSP Upper Valais is in an alliance with the CVP.
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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2013, 09:13:39 am »

Who is in the Valais Left Alliance - SP, GPS & CSP?

SP, Greens, CSP Lower Valais and a movement called "Entremont Autrement". The CSP Upper Valais is in an alliance with the CVP.

Entremont is one of the 13 districts of Valais. 14 000 inhabitants. Autrement means "in another way", "in another manner", "differently".
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2013, 12:57:23 pm »

On the local level there was an interesting special election for city council in Zurich, my hometown, this month. The city council consists of 9 members and was composed of the following councillors before the special election:

Corine Mauch (SP, mayor)
Martin Waser (SP)
André Odermatt (SP)
Claudia Nielsen (SP)
Ruth Genner (Greens)
Daniel Leupi (Greens)
Gerold Lauber (CVP)
Martin Vollenwyder (FDP)
Andres Türler (FDP)

Martin Vollenwyder (FDP) retired and the FDP tried to retain its seat with Marco Camin. Camin was challenged by Richard Wolff, candidate from the left-wing Alternative Liste (AL). In a major upset, the FDP candidate, who was backed by his own party and all major centrist and conservative parties lost a narrow race to his challenger, who only got the official support from his own party and the Greens (the Social Democrats decided not to endorse any candidate):

Second ballot:

Richard Wolff (AL) 27.550 votes ELECTED
Marco Camin (FDP) 26.865 votes

This election has been another major blow for the once proud and strong FDP and has had the effect that the city council of Zurich has moved to the left even more. While the left had a 6-3 majority before the special election, it now has a 7-2 majority.

http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/content/portal/de/index/politik_u_recht/abstimmungen_u_wahlen/vergangene_termine/130421/resultate.html?path=wm_resultate_stadtrat&context=standalone
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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2013, 01:20:57 pm »

Good to hear. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2013, 02:20:00 pm »

Update on the Neuchâtel elections: Philippe Gnaegi (FDP), sitting member of the cantonal government, has decided to throw in the towel and will not run for re-election on the second ballot on May 19 after a highly disappointing first ballot result. Meanwhile, the second FDP member of the government, Thierry Grosjean, as well as the third FDP candidate in the race, Alain Ribaux, have hinted that they are going to run again.

The FDP (PLR; Parti libéral-radical in French) now has to decide whether they will seek a formal alliance with the SVP (UDC; Union démocratique du centre) and its candidate Yvan Perrin to prevent the left from obtaining a majority in the 5-member cantonal government (Conseil d'Etat). Regardless of the party's decision, the FDP in Neuchâtel (and elsewhere) has to stomach a lot of bad news in the recent weeks and would be well-advised to prepare for another painful defeat.

Article in French: http://www.lematin.ch/suisse/conseiller-etat-philippe-gnaegi-jette-leponge/story/11997757
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« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2013, 03:32:48 pm »

Was there a swing to the Right in Neuchâtel (ignoring the FDP>SVP movement), or was it just the introduction of the (horrendous) Green Liberals losing the Left coalition seats?
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« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2013, 03:41:52 pm »

Was there a swing to the Right in Neuchâtel (ignoring the FDP>SVP movement), or was it just the introduction of the (horrendous) Green Liberals losing the Left coalition seats?

I don't really have a feel for what's the political mood in Neuchâtel but the Green Liberals have certainly contributed to the loss of the left parties. Interestingly, the Green Liberal Party is overwhelmingly supported by left-leaning voters (people who used to vote Green or SP), while the policies the party promotes are often quite centrist.
Another factor that may have played a role is the frequent tendency in cantons of French Switzerland to balance the power between the right and the left. It's often the case that one side gets a majority in the executive branch whereas the other side gains the upper hand in legislative elections. This seems to be the case once again in Neuchâtel.
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« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2013, 01:13:13 am »

On September 22, Switzerland will vote on abolishing the military draft.

Currently though, 2/3 of voters favor the draft while just 1/3 want it abolished.

ZuWo, do you think turnout will be higher than turnout in the Austrian draft referendum in Jan. ?

Turnout was 52.4%
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« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2013, 01:19:25 am »

Detailed info:

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Popular initiative to abolish military service

On 22nd of September 2013, the Swiss electorate will vote on the Popular initiative of 5 January 2012 to abolish military service.

What is the issue?

The Initiative seeks to end compulsory military service for men. The armed forces should be made up of men and women who do their military service voluntarily. Civilian service should also be voluntary.

The question you need to answer

Do you want to accept the popular initiative “Yes to an end to compulsory military service”?

Recommendations of the Federal Council and Parliament

The National Council recommended that the initiative be rejected by 128 votes to 57 with 4 abstentions, as did the Council of States, by 32 votes to 8 with 2 abstentions.

https://www.ch.ch/en/initiative-to-abolish-military-service
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« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2013, 01:27:14 am »

I think if we want to get a clue about how the Swiss will vote on Sept. 22, we just have to take a look at the Vorarlberg-result in the Austrian draft referendum: 66% pro-draft, 34% against the draft.

I think the Swiss-German regions bordering Vorarlberg will be as high as 80% in support, while the French-speaking parts will be more like 50-50, but probably still slightly in favor of keeping the draft. The Zürich-region should be about 60% pro-draft.

ZuWo, will you vote in this referendum and if yes - how will you vote ?
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« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2013, 07:45:01 am »

I think turnout will not be exceptionally high (probably lower than 50%) - the initiative hasn't sparked a great deal of public debate so far. For most people the current system, while certainly far from perfect, seems better than the alternative options.

I will vote against ending compulsory military service for men. This way Switzerland has a functioning and relatively cheap army. Also, the army plays an important role in bringing together Swiss citizens from all parts of the country so it has a positive impact on national cohesion.
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« Reply #16 on: August 19, 2013, 08:51:59 am »

Zuwo, would you mind explaining the differences between the parties?
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« Reply #17 on: August 19, 2013, 09:58:48 am »

Zuwo, would you mind explaining the differences between the parties?

The 4 center-right parties support keeping the draft, while the Social Democrats and Greens want it abolished.

In the last poll from this week, 57% want to keep the draft with 35% opposed.

Again, voters of the 4 right-wing parties are strongly in favor of the draft - SP/Green voters opposed.
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« Reply #18 on: September 12, 2013, 01:53:38 am »

New poll by GFS Bern:

63% keep draft
31% abolish draft



By party:



By age:



red = keep draft
green = abolish draft

http://www.srf.ch/news/schweiz/abstimmungen/abstimmungen/aufhebung-der-wehrpflicht/klares-ja-zur-wehrpflicht-zeichnet-sich-ab
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« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2013, 03:02:53 am »

Two other federal referenda will be voted on, one of them is about opening hours in petrol station shops and the other one deals with a reform of the national epidemics law.



http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss_news/Vote_outcomes_remain_uncertain,_except_for_army.html?cid=36870934
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« Reply #20 on: September 13, 2013, 09:27:07 am »

Yesterday marked the 165th birthday of the federal state of Switzerland. The federal constitution was adopted on September 12, 1848, almost a year after the conclusion of the last war on Swiss soil (Sonderbund War). For most Swiss people, however, this day has no significance at all. The national holiday of Switzerland is on August 1, an arbitrarily selected day which commemorates the Federal Charter of 1291, a day which is celebrated by just about everyone in the country.
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« Reply #21 on: September 22, 2013, 07:24:34 am »

Mandatory conscription will not be abolished in Switzerland. With the results of 15 cantons in, more than 70% of the voters have said no to the initiative by the "Group for a Switzerland without an Army" which was supported by the Greens and the Social Democrats.

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss_news/Military_conscription_upheld_by_Swiss_voters.html?cid=36951892
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« Reply #22 on: September 22, 2013, 08:33:34 am »

We have the results of 22 cantons now. They look as follows:

Abolition of conscription:

618,114 Yes, 1,689,163 No
26,8% - 73,2%

Opening hours petrol station shops, reform of the labor law:

1,262,386 Yes, 1,013,978 No
55,5% - 44,5%

Reform of epidemics law:

1,345,690 Yes, 911,478 No
59,8% - 40,2%

Only the results of Ticino have not been reported yet.
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« Reply #23 on: September 22, 2013, 08:40:37 am »

And do these referenda also have a Ständemehr?
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« Reply #24 on: September 22, 2013, 08:44:45 am »

And do these referenda also have a Ständemehr?

Only the conscription initiative. But since every canton has voted against it that isn't an issue.
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