ElectionGudie

June 5, 2016 Held

2,465,868
Voted
Switzerland

Swiss Confederation

Referendum

Results

46%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:2,465,868
Valid Votes:2,465,868
Invalid Votes:None

Provisions

“Do you want to accept the popular initiative ‘Pro Public Service’?”

Yes784,624

32.40

No1,636,967

67.60

“Do you want to accept the popular initiative ‘Unconditional Basic Income’?”

Yes568,905

23.10

No1,896,963

76.90

“Do you want to accept the popular initiative ‘Fair Transport Financing’?”

Yes709,752

29.20

No1,719,322

70.80

“Do you want to accept the change of the 12 December 2014 Reproductive Medicine Act?”

Yes1,489,550

62.40

No897,904

37.60

“Do you want to accept the change of the 25 September 2015 Asylum Act?”

Yes1,616,286

66.80

No804,016

33.20

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Note: results above are preliminary

Switzerland: Referendum, 5 June 2016

At stake in this referendum:

  • This referendum includes 5 provisions: three popular initiatives and two amendments to proposed laws.

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Johann SCHNEIER-AMMANN (since 1 January 2016)[1]
  • Head of Government: President Johann SCHNEIER-AMMANN (since 1 January 2016)
  • Assembly: Switzerland has a bicameral Federal Assembly (Bundesversammlung/Assemblee Federale/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.

Electoral requirements:

  • Switzerland has two types of referendums, optional and mandatory. Optional referendums only require a simple majority of valid votes cast, while mandatory referendums require a double majority in valid votes cast and the majority of cantons.

Main provisions in the referendum:

  • Popular Initiative: “Pro Public Service”
    • The first provision seeks to prevent the Confederation and affiliated companies from seeking financial gain from public services.
    • “Do you want to accept the popular initiative ‘Pro Public Service’?”
  • Popular Initiative: “Unconditional Basic Income”
    • The second provision would provide for an unconditional basic income for all Swiss residents.
    • “Do you want to accept the popular initiative ‘Unconditional Basic Income’?”
  • Popular Initiative: “Fair Transport Financing”
    • The third provision would require all revenue generated by mineral oil tax on fuels be spent on traffic-related tasks.
    • “Do you want to accept the popular initiative ‘Fair Transport Financing’?”
  • Amendment to the Reproductive Medicine Act:
    • The fourth provision is for an amendment to the Reproductive Medicine Act (RMA) proposed on 12 December 2014. The RMA currently bans the practice of preimplantation genetic diagnostics for in-vitro fertilization, but the proposed amendment would lift the ban.
    • “Do you want to accept the change of the 12 December 2014 Reproductive Medicine Act?”
  • Amendment to the Asylum Act:
    • The fifth provision is for an amendment to the Asylum Act proposed on 25 September 2015. It seeks to institute a requirement that the majority of asylum procedures be completed in 140 days.
    • “Do you want to accept the change of the 25 September 2015 Asylum Act?”

Population and number of registered voters:

·         Population: 8,121,830 (July 2015 est.)

·         Registered Voters: 5,302,797 (February 2016)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 4,117,322 (July 2015 est.)

·         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: 73 (29.67%)[2]

·         Human Development Index Position: 3 (2014)

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

Disability Data:

·         Is Switzerland a signatory to CRPD: N/A

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

·         Population with a disability: 1,218,275


[1] The position of President of the Swiss Confederation rotates on a yearly basis among the 7 federal councilors. Johann SCHNEIER-AMMANN, listed above, is the current president of the Swiss Confederation.

[2] There are 7 women serving in the Council of States (15.22%) and 64 in the National Council (32%).