At stake in this Referendum:
- Passage of a proposal that would: Limit the number of foreigners to 18 percent of the population, excluding company managers, scientists and students.
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: President President Adolf OGI *
- Head of Government: President Adolf OGI
- Assembly: Switzerland has a bicameral Federal Assembly (Bundesversammlung, Assemblée Federale) consisting of the Council of States (Standerat, Conseil des Etats, or Consiglio degli Stati) with 46 seats* and the National Council (Nationalrat, Conseil National, or Consiglio Nazionale) with 200 seats.
* President of the Confederation and Head of the Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sports
* The Council of States, consists of 46 members, two elected from each of 20 cantons and one from each of the six half-cantons, according to cantonal procedure.
Main provisions in the Referendum:
- On the question of whether to limit the number of foreigners to 18 percent of the population.
- A majority of overall voters nationally, as well as in 14 of the 26 cantons (or states), is required for the referendum to be enacted.
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 7,184,250 (2000)
- Registered Voters: 4,626,215 (2000)
· Female Population: 3,674,461 (2000)
· 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: 45 (National Council); 9 (Council of States) following the 1999 elections
· Human Development Index Position: 3 (2014)
· Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A
· Is Switzerland a signatory to CRPD: No
· Has Switzerland ratified CRPD: Yes, accession (15 April 2014)
· Population with a disability: 1,077,637 (est.)