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 popular initiative ‘For a sustainable and resource-efficient economy (Green Economy)’?”

Yes819,747

36.40

No1,430,251

63.60

“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 updates to the 25 September 2016 Intelligence Service Act, ISA?”

Yes1,458,827

65.50

No768,533

34.50

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%).