Switzerland Swiss referendum 2018 Elections Live Updates
Several referendums will be held in Switzerland in 2018. Polling took place on 4 March and 10 June, and further votes will take place on 23 September, and 25 November.
Two referendums were held on 4 March. One was on a Federal Decree on the new Financial Regulation 2021, which would extend the right of the federal government to levy VAT and direct federal tax until 2035; this was approved by 84% of voters. The other was the "Yes to the abolition of radio and television fees" popular initiative, which proposed abolishing the licence fee that provides the majority of funding for the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. The proposal was rejected by the Federal Assembly in 2017, and by 72% of voters in the referendum.
Two referendums were held on 10 June; one on the Sovereign Money Initiative proposal and one on the Federal Gambling Act.
The Sovereign Money Initiative proposal aims to give the Swiss National Bank a monopoly on money creation. It was launched by the Monetary Modernisation Association, without the support of any political party. The collection of signatures began on 3 June 2014, and the initiative was submitted to the Federal Chancellery on 1 December 2015 with over 110,000 valid signatures, despite its technical subject and without the support of political parties or other civil society organizations. The Federal Assembly recommended rejecting the initiative.
Live: Switzerland November referendum Result:
There will be one referendum on 27 November 2016. The federal popular initiative "for the programmed phase-out of nuclear energy" (against nuclear power plants) will be submitted to the vote. The initiative dates from 2012, about one year after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan.
Switzerland September referendum Switzerland :
|Turnout||Cantons for||Cantons against||Result|
|Federal intelligence law||1,458,827||65.5||768,533||34.5||Approved|
Live Switzerland/Swiss referendums 2016
5 June 2016 Swiss referendum issues:
- Swiss voters have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to introduce a guaranteed basic income for all.
- Final results from referendum showed that nearly 77% opposed the plan, with only 23% backing it.
- The supporters camp had suggested a monthly income of 2,500 Swiss francs (£1,755; $2,555) for adults and also SFr625 for each child.
- Switzerland is the first country to hold such a vote.
- A proposal to speed up the country's asylum process was backed by nearly 67%
- The Pro Service Public initiative proposing that bosses of big public sector companies should not earn more than government ministers – a reflection of dissatisfaction with railways and telecoms provider Swisscom. It was rejected by 68% of the voters
- A proposal to allow genetic testing of embryos before they are inserted in the uterus in cases of in-vitro fertilisation, where either parent carries a serious hereditary disease. It was passed, with 62% backing it
Transport financing: An initiative from the car lobby which wants more investment in roads. The government had urged a "No" vote, and it was rejected by 71%.
Last Federal Election Results
|Parties||Abbr.||Alignment||Ideology||Votes||%||+/– (%)||Seats||%||+/– (seats)|
|Swiss People's Party||SVP/UDC||Right-wing||National conservatism||648,675||26.6||−2.3||54||27||−8|
|Social Democratic Party||SPS/PSS||Centre-left/Left-wing||Social democracy||457,317||18.7||+0.8||46||23.0||+3|
|FDP.The Liberals||FDP/PLR||Centre-right||Classical liberalism||368,951||15.1||−0.7||30||15.0||−1|
|Christian Democratic People's Party||CVP/PDC||Centre/Centre-right||Christian democracy||300,544||12.3||−2.2||28||14.0||−3|
|Green Party||GPS/PES||Left wing||Green politics||205,984||8.4||−1.2||15||7.5||−5|
|Green Liberal Party||GLP/PVL||Centre||Green liberalism||131,436||5.4||+4.0||12||6.0||+9|
|Conservative Democratic Party||BDP/PBD||Centre-right||Conservatism / Economic liberalism||132,279||5.4||+5.4||9||4.5||+9|
|Evangelical People's Party||EVP/PEV||Centre||Christian democracy||48,789||2.0||−0.4||2||1.0||±0|
|Ticino League||LdT||Right wing||Regionalism / Right-wing populism||19,657||0.8||+0.2||2||1.0||+1|
|Geneva Citizens' Movement||MCG||Right wing||Regionalism / Right-wing populism||10,714||0.4||+0.3||1||0.5||+1|
|Federal Democratic Union||EDU/UDF||Right-wing||Christian right||31,056||1.3||±0||0||0||−1|
|Party of Labour||PDA||Left wing||Socialism||21,482||0.5||−0.2||0||0||−1|
|Christian Social Party||CSP/PCS||Centre-left||Christian left||6,248||0.3||-0.1||0||0||-1|
|Total (turnout 48.5%)||2,442,648||—||—||200||—||—|