Grand Council of Bern
It consists of 160 members (as of 2006) elected by proportional representation for a four-year term of office. The French-speaking part of the canton, the Bernese Jura (districts of Courtelary, La Neuveville and Moutier) has 12 seats guaranteed, and 3 seats are guaranteed for the French-speaking minority of the bilingual district of Biel/Bienne.
The last election was held on 27 March 2010, and resulted in a victory for the Swiss People's Party (SVP). However, whilst they maintained their plurality position, the main gainers were the Conservative Democratic Party, who gained eight seats on their pre-election position, having split from the SVP since the 2006 election. The Social Democratic Party and FDP.The Liberals both lost considerable ground.
|Party||Ideology||Vote %||Vote % ±||Seats||Seats ±|
|Swiss People's Party||National conservatism||26.62||–0.80||44||–3|
|Social Democratic Party||Social democracy||18.86||–5.17||35||–7|
|Conservative Democratic Party||Conservatism||16.03||N/A||25||N/A|
|FDP.The Liberals||Classical liberalism||10.34||–6.04||17||–9|
|Green Party||Green politics||10.10||–2.79||16||–3|
|Evangelical People's Party of Switzerland||Christian democracy||5.90||–1.45||10||–3|
|Federal Democratic Union of Switzerland||Christian right||4.40||–0.38||5||–1|
|Green Liberal Party||Green liberalism||4.07||N/A||4||N/A|
|Autonomous Socialist Party of South Jura||Separatism – Social democracy||1.04||–0.25||3||±0|
|Christian Democratic People's Party||Christian democracy||1.16||–0.60||1||±0|
|Entente PDC of Jura South / Liberal Party of Jura||Separatism – Christian democracy – Classical liberalism||0.24||–0.10||0||–1|
|Source: Canton of Berne|
- Swiss Grand Councils in the Ancien Régime in German], French] and Italian] in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
All links are in German and French, unless otherwise noted.
- Official website of the Grand Council of Bern
- German-language Wikipedia article on the Grand Council of Bern
- Websites for the 2002 and 2006 Grand Council elections
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