Swiss federal election, 2003

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Swiss federal election, 2003
Switzerland
1999 ←
19 October 2003
→ 2007

All 200 seats to the National Council of Switzerland
and 43 (of the 46) seats to the Swiss Council of States
  First party Second party Third party
  Ueli Maurer (Nationalrat, 2007).jpg Christiane Brunner.jpg Christiane Langenberger.JPG
Leader Ueli Maurer Christiane Brunner Christiane Langenberger
Party Swiss People's Social Democrats Free Democrats
Last election 44+7 seats, 22.6% 51+6 seats, 22.5% 43+17 seats, 19.9%
Seats won 55+8 52+9 36+14
Seat change Increase 11+1 Increase 1+3 Decrease 7+4
Popular vote 560,750 490,385 364,493
Percentage 26.7% 23.3% 17.3%
Swing Increase 4.1pp Increase 0.8pp Decrease 2.6pp

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Philipp Stähelin (2007).jpg Ruth Genner, Vorsteherin des Tiefbau- und Entsorgungsdepartements Zürichs.tif Claude Ruey (2007).jpg
Leader Philipp Stähelin Ruth Genner Claude Ruey
Party Christian Democrats Greens Liberals
Last election 35+15 seats, 15.8% 8+0 seats, 5.0% 6+0 seats, 2.2%
Seats won 28+15 13+0 4+0
Seat change Decrease 7+0 Increase 5+0 Decrease 2+0
Popular vote 301,652 156,226 45,864
Percentage 14.4% 7.4% 2.2%
Swing Decrease1.4%pp Increase2.4pp Steady

  Seventh party Eighth party Ninth party
  Blank.png Blank.png
Leader  ? Hans Moser  ?
Party Evangelical People's Federal Democrats Labour
Last election 3+0 seats, 1.8% 1+0 seats, 1.2% 2+0 seats, 1.0%
Seats won 3+0 2+0 2+0
Seat change Steady Increase 1+0 Steady
Popular vote 47,838 26,590 14,595
Percentage 2.3% 1.3% 0.7%
Swing Increase0.5pp Increase0.1pp Decrease0.3pp
Coat of Arms of Switzerland (Pantone).svg
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Federal elections were held in Switzerland on 19 October 2003.[1] Although in Switzerland's peculiar political system, in which all four major parties form a coalition, it is very difficult to achieve a change of government, this election produced an upset with the strong showing of the right-wing, anti-European Union and anti-immigration Swiss People's Party. The left-wing parties, the Social Democrats and the Greens, also improved their positions. The losers were the parties of the centre and centre-right, the Christian Democratic People's Party and the Free Democratic Party.

In the aftermath of the elections Ruth Metzler-Arnold, one of the two Christian Democrats in the Federal Council was replaced by Christoph Blocher, the most influential politician in the Swiss People's Party.

Electoral system[edit]

Switzerland has a bicameral legislature, the Federal Assembly (Assemblée Fédérale / Bundesversammlung / Asamblea Federale / Assemblea Federala).

  • The National Council (Conseil National / Nationalrat / Consiglio Nazionale / Cussegl Naziunal) has 200 members, elected for four-year terms by proportional representation in multi-member constituencies corresponding to the 26 Swiss cantons and half-cantons.
  • The Council of States (Conseil des Etats / Ständerat / Consiglio degli Stati / Cussegl dals Stadis) has 46 members elected for four-year terms from multi-member and single-member constituencies.

These elections were to the National Council and for most of the members of the Council of States.

All parties in Switzerland have different names in French, German and Italian, and conduct separate campaigns in the different language areas.

Results[edit]

National Council[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Swiss People's Party 560,750 26.7 55 +11
Social Democratic Party 490,385 23.3 52 +1
Free Democratic Party 364,493 17.3 36 –7
Christian Democratic People's Party 301,652 14.4 28 –7
Green Party 156,226 7.4 13 +5
Evangelical People's Party 47,838 2.3 3 0
Liberal Party 45,864 2.2 4 –2
Federal Democratic Union 26,590 1.3 2 +1
Swiss Democrats 20,177 1.0 1 0
Swiss Party of Labour 14,595 0.7 2 0
Feminist and Green Alternative Groups 11,153 0.5 1 0
Solidarity 10,562 0.5 1 0
Christian Social Party 7,539 0.4 1 0
Ticino League 7,304 0.3 1 –1
Freedom Party 4,000 0.2 0 0
Other parties 32,913 1.6 0
Invalid/blank votes 59,880
Total 2,161,921 100 200 0
Registered voters/turnout 4,779,733 45.2
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Council of the States[edit]

Party Seats +/–
Christian Democratic People's Party 15 0
Free Democratic Party 14 –3
Social Democratic Party 9 +3
Swiss People's Party 8 +1
Total 46 0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1895 ISBN 9783832956097

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