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It's time for election

I once read an article about politics that said that over 90% of the worlds elections and popular votes take place in Switzerland. I remember thinking that was a huge exaggeration. However, because of the upcoming elections, I again started thinking about the frequency of elections or votes in this country.

Let's take a look at all elections and votes in 2011 (in the canton of Zurich, it might be different in other cantons):
  • a. There are four governing bodies that were/will be elected: Nationalrat (federal parliament), Ständerat (federal senate), Kantonsrat (cantonal parliament) and Regierungsrat (governors).
  • b. There are four dates for national and/or cantonal popular votes on a variety of topics (ranged from social politics to the buying of new airplanes for the military).
  • c. In addition, there are local (e.g. communal or regional) elections and votes.
Election - Rolf van Melis  / pixelio.de


So in total, a Swiss citizen has the chance (but not the obligation) to use his right to vote up to 10 times this year. Not surprisingly, participation in elections has been quite low in the last decades (only about 50%).





© 2011 IRENE WYRSCH "A HUMOROUS GUIDE TO SWITZERLAND" ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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