ElectionGudie

Sept. 23, 2012 Held

2,178,834
Voted
Switzerland

Swiss Confederation

Referendum

Results

Cast Votes:2,178,834
Valid Votes:0
Invalid Votes:0

Provisions

No1,125,355

52.60

Yes1,013,871

47.40

Yes1,551,918

72.70

No583,327

27.30

Yes741,227

34.00

No1,437,607

66.00

More Info:

At stake in this Referendum:

  • 3 provisions

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Eveline WIDMER-SCHLUMF *
  • Head of Government: President Eveline WIDMER-SCHLUMF
  • 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:

  • A provision to impose a universal ban on smoking in enclosed spaces
  • A provision to secure housing in old age
  • A provision for more musical instruction in schools

Electoral Requirements

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

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 7,996,861 (2012)
  • Registered Voters: 5,139,055 (March 2012)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 4,049,513 (2012)

·         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: 57 (National Council); 9 (Council of States) following the 2011 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: 1,199,529 (est.)