ElectionGudie

June 14, 2015 Held

2,301,320
Voted
Switzerland

Swiss Confederation

Referendum

Results

43%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:2,301,320
Valid Votes:2,271,833
Invalid Votes:29,487

Provisions

Support for medically assisted procreation - genetic selection of embryos

Yes1,377,613

61.90

No846,865

38.10

Changes to TV-radio license charging

Yes1,128,552

50.10

No1,124,973

49.90

Inheritance tax (reform of estate taxation)

Yes657,851

29.00

No1,613,982

71.00

Student bursaries increase

Yes610,284

27.50

No1,611,911

72.50

More Info:

At stake in this referendum:

  • Voters will vote on four popular initiatives. 

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Simonetta SOMMARUGA*
  • Head of Government: President  Simonetta SOMMARUGA
  • Assembly: Switzerland has a bicameral Federal Assembly (Bundesversammlung/Assemblée Fédérale/Assemblea Federale) consisting of the Council of States (Ständerat/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 the 7 members of the Federal Council, which is the formal chief of state. Presently the Federal Council consists of Doris LEUTHARD, Eveline WIDMER-SCHLUMPF, Ueli MAURER, Didier BURKHALTER, Simonetta SOMMARUGA, Johan SCHNEIDER—AMMANN, and Alain BERSET.

Main provisions in the referendum:

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Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 8,256,000[2]
  • Registered voters: 5,254,965[3]

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 4,171,800[4]
  • Is SWITZERLAND a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (23 January 1987)[5]
  • Has SWITZERLAND ratified CEDAW: Yes (27 March 1997)[6]
  • Gender Quota: No, but there are voluntary quotas adopted by political parties[7]
  • Female Candidates in this election: N/A
  • Number of Female Legislators: 57 (28%) of 200 seats in the National Council (Nationalrat/ Conseil National/ Consiglio Nazionale)[8]
  • Human Development Index (HDI) Position: 3[9]
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A[10]

Disability Data:

  • Is SWITZERLAND a signatory to CRPD: N/A[11]
  • Has SWITZERLAND ratified CRPD: Yes (15 April 2014)[12]
  • Population with a disability: 1,199,404[13]