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Switzerland

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Council of States

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Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
18.10.2015 to 22.11.2015
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
30.11.2015
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
20.10.2019
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
46
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

The number of candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
Notes
In Appenzell Inner Rhodes, a male candidate from the CVP/PDC was elected through "Landsgemeinde" (cantonal assembly of citizens) in April 2015.
The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The five parties in the outgoing government (Federal Council, see note 1) were returned with a similar number of seats in the 200-member National Council, except for the Swiss People's Party (SVP/UDC), now led by Mr. Toni Brunner, which increased its share from 54 to 65 seats. In the 46-member Council of States, the Radical-Democratic Party (FDP/PRD) increased its share to 13 seats, the same as the Christian-Democratic People's Party (CVP/PDC). The latter had been the largest party in the outgoing legislature. The 2015 elections were held against the background of the refugee/migration crisis in Europe. On 9 September, the National Council adopted amendments to the law on asylum (see note 2) by 135 votes to 53. The SVP/UDC, which was opposed to the amendments, said that it would call a referendum on them and argued for more border controls. PLR leader Philipp Müller called for better cooperation with the European Union to deal with the refugee crisis. Other major parties, including the Socialist Party (SP/PS), led by Mr. Christian Levrat, focused on social issues, such as better salaries, affordable housing and pension reforms. Note 1: The five parties in the outgoing government are the Swiss People's Party (SVP/UDC), the Socialist Party (SP/PS), The Liberals (FDP/PLR), the Christian-Democratic People's Party (CVP/PDC) and the Conservative Democratic Party (BDP/PBD). Note 2: The amendments aimed at accelerating the asylum procedure. Around 60% of asylum procedures are expected to be completed less than 140 days, instead of the current average of 700 days. Asylum seekers will be assisted by a lawyer free of charge. Earlier, the Council of States had adopted the amendments by 35 votes to 5.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
6
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
28.26%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Note on the alternation of power
Four of the five parties that were in the previous Federal Council - all those except the Conservative Democratic Party (BDP/PBD) - are represented in the new Federal Council, elected on 9 December 2015.
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
4
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Swiss People's Party (SVP/UDC), Socialist Party (SP/PS), FDP.The Liberals (FDP/PLR) and the Christian-Democratic People's Party (CVP/PDC)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total 1st round 2nd round
FDP.The Liberals (FDP/PLR) 13 8 5
Christian-Democratic People's Party (CVP/PDC) 13 7 6
Socialist Party (SP/PS) 12 6 6
Swiss People's Party (SVP/UDC) 5 5 0
Others 1 1 0
Green Party (GPS/PES) 1 0 1
Conservative Democratic Party (BDP/PBD) 1 0 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
39
Number of women elected
7
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
15.22%
Sources
Office fédéral de la statistique Le Temps Reuters
Women Directly Elected
7

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
39
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
7
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
7
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
30.11.2015
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Raphaël Comte (Male)
Political party
FDP.The Liberals (FDP/PLR)