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Saturday 8 June 2013

Switzerland is Voting (again)

The Swiss people are again being asked to cast their votes in the most democratic of countries.

There are two questions for federal voters:

1. Popular Initiative “Election of the Federal Council by the people”
A proposal by the right-wing Swiss People’s Party that the seven-member cabinet should be elected in a nationwide ballot. Currently the cabinet is (re)elected annually by parliament. This is obviously a democratic process and, most importantly, although there is much horse-trading (but only really when a Federal Councillor needs replacing), the elected cabinet reflect the linguistic and political views of parliament and the people, as accurately as possible.
It is anticipated that this initiative will be rejected. Surely (if this happens), this is a superb case of democracy at work.

2. Urgent modifications on asylum law
Parliament amended the law on asylum in Switzerland. This amended law gives the federal authorities increased powers to streamline and speed up asylum procedures, as well as scrapping the right to apply for asylum at Swiss embassies abroad and explicitly excludes conscientious objectors and deserters.
It is anticipated that this will be confirmed by the people.


  1. Although all votes have not yet been counted, it looks like the forecast results will be confirmed... and by substantial majorities.

  2. The results are now effectively all counted.

    The initiative to have the Federal Council elected by the people has been refused by 76.3% of voters. Over 3:1 is an overwhelming majority.

    On the other hand, the people have massively backed their government by confirming the urgent measures on asylum, with 79% of voters in favour.

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