ElectionGudie

Nov. 29, 2009 Held

2,669,162
Voted
Switzerland

Swiss Confederation

Referendum

Results

53%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:2,669,162
Valid Votes:2,669,162
Invalid Votes:0

Provisions

Yes1,534,054

57.47

No1,135,108

42.53

Yes837,119

31.77

No1,797,876

68.23

No867,514

35.03

Yes1,608,923

64.97

More Info:

At stake in this Referendum:

  • Referendum on the prohibition of exporting war material, as well as a ban on the construction of minarets.

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Hans-Rudolf MERZ *
  • Head of Government: President Hans-Rudolf MERZ
  • Assembly: Switzerland has a bicameral Federal Assembly (Bundesversammlung/Assemblée Fédérale/Assemblea Federale) consisting of the Council of States (Standerat/Conseil des Etats/ Consiglio degli Stati) with 46 seats* and the National Council (Nationalrat/Conseil National/Consiglio Nazionale) with 200 seats**.

* The Federal Presidency rotates among members of the Federal Council, which is the formal chief of state.

* Single-member districts correspond to half-cantons. The electoral system is first-past-the-post. Two-seat districts correspond to full cantons. The electoral system is MNTV.

** Seats are apportioned to each canton or half-canton in proportion to its population. Voters have the option of panachage. In single-member districts, this is effectively a first-past-the-post system.

Main provisions in the Referendum:

  • Provision for the ban of construction of minarets Volksinitiative vom 08.07.2008 'Gegen den Bau von Minaretten'
    Volksinitiative vom 08.07.2008 'Gegen den Bau von Minaretten'
  • Provision for the prohibition of exporting war material Volksinitiative vom 21.09.2007 'Für ein Verbot von Kriegsmaterial-Exporten'
    Volksinitiative vom 21.09.2007 'Für ein Verbot von Kriegsmaterial-Exporten'
  • A provision establishing a special financing for tasks in aviation. Bundesbeschluss vom 03.10.2008 zur Schaffung einer Spezialfinanzierung für Aufgaben im Luftverkehr
    Bundesbeschluss vom 03.10.2008 zur Schaffung einer Spezialfinanzierung für Aufgaben im Luftverkehr

Electoral Requirements

  • An absolute majority of voters must vote "yes" in order for passage.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 7,743,831 (2009)
  • Registered Voters: 4,891,363 (February 2009)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 3,936,174 (2009)

·         Is Switzerland a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (23 January 1987)

·         Has Switzerland ratified CEDAW: Yes (27 March 1997)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: N/A

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 59 (National Council); 10 (Council of States) following the 2007 elections

·         Human Development Index Position: 3 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Switzerland a signatory to CRPD: No

·         Has Switzerland ratified CRPD: Yes, accession (15 April 2014)

·         Population with a disability: 1,161,574 (est.)