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)
- 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.
- 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)
· 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%)
· Human Development Index Position: 3 (2014)
· Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A
· Is Switzerland a signatory to CRPD: N/A
· Has Switzerland ratified CRPD: Yes, Accession (15 April 2014)
· Population with a disability: 1,218,275
 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.
 There are 7 women serving in the Council of States (15.22%) and 64 in the National Council (32%).