ElectionGudie

Sept. 25, 2016 Held

2,269,020
Voted
Switzerland

Swiss Confederation

Referendum

Results

Cast Votes:2,269,020
Valid Votes:None
Invalid Votes:None

Provisions

“Do you want to accept the updates to the 25 September 2016 Intelligence Service Act, ISA?”

Yes1,458,827

65.50

No768,533

34.50

“Do you want to accept the popular initiative ‘OASIplus: for a decent old-age pension’?”

Yes921,058

40.60

No1,347,962

59.40

“Do you want to accept the popular initiative ‘For a sustainable and resource-efficient economy (Green Economy)’?”

Yes819,747

36.40

No1,430,251

63.60

More Info:

Swiss Confederation: Referendum, 25 September 2016

At stake in this referendum:

  • This referendum includes 3 provisions: two popular initiatives and one new federal law.

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: “For a sustainable and resource-efficient economy (Green Economy)”
    • This initiative will determine if new regulations on resource efficiency and consumption will be introduced. 
    • “Do you want to accept the popular initiative ‘For a sustainable and resource-efficient economy (Green Economy)’?”
  • Popular initiative: “OASIplus: for a decent old-age pension”
    • This initiative seeks to increase pension payments from the Old-Age and Survivors’ Insurance (OASI) by 10%.
    • “Do you want to accept the popular initiative ‘OASIplus: for a decent old-age pension’?”
  • Mandatory Referendum: Federal Act on the Intelligence Service (Intelligence Service Act, ISA)
    • The new federal act provides the Federal Intelligence Service with up-to-date means for gathering information, but only following strict conditions.
    • “Do you want to accept the updates to the 25 September 2016 Intelligence Service Act, ISA?”

Population and number of registered voters:

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

·         Registered Voters: 5,325,848 (June 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%).