Swiss referendums, 1994

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Thirteen referendums were held in Switzerland during 1994.[1] The first five were held on 20 February on federal resolutions on roadbuilding, continuing existing truck tolls and varying tolls based on engine power or mileage, as well as a popular initiative "for the protection of the alpine region from through traffic" and an amendment to the aeronautical law. All five were approved by voters.[2] The second set of referendums was held on 12 June on federal resolutions on an article on the Swiss Federal Constitution on the promotion of culture and a review of the procedure for naturalising young immigrants, as well as a federal law on Swiss troops in peacekeeping operations. Whilst the resolutions were both approved by a majority of voters, they did not receive the approval from the majority of cantons, so were rejected, as was the law on troops.[1]

The next two referendums were held on 25 September on abolishing price reductions on breadstuffs and an amendment to the Strafgesetzbuch and the military penal code, both of which were approved.[3] The final three referendums were held on 4 December on federal laws on health insurance and foreigners, and a popular initiative "for a healthy health insurance". The two laws were approved and the initiative rejected.[3]

Results[edit]

Month Question For Against Blank/invalid Total Registered
voters
Turnout Cantons for Cantons against
Votes % Votes % Blank Invalid Full Half Full Half
February Roadbuilding 1,259,609 68.5 579,877 31.5 21,337 2,575 1,863,398 4,567,573 40.8 18 6 2 0
Continuing existing truck tolls 1,324,242 72.2 509,222 27.8 26,348 2,719 1,862,531 40.8 20 6 0 0
Varying truck tolls based on engine size 1,221,630 67.1 597,911 32.9 38,812 2,855 1,861,208 40.7 18 6 2 0
Popular initiative on protection of the alpine region from traffic (Alps initiative) 954,491 51.9 884,362 48.1 23,436 2,822 1,865,111 40.8 13 6 7 0
Amendment to the aeronautical law 1,081,844 61.1 689,715 38.96 80,734 3,752 1,856,045 40.6
June Constitutional article on culture promotion 1,059,025 51.0 1,018,188 49.9 50,640 3,936 2,131,789 4,572,713 46.6 10 2 10 4
Citizenship for young immigrants 1,114,158 52.8 994,457 47.2 25,899 3,430 2,137,944 46.8 9 2 11 4
Federal law on Swiss peacekeeping troops 899,626 42.8 1,203,736 57.2 31,998 3,613 2,138,973 46.8
September Abolishing price reductions on bread products 1,288,697 64.6 706,379 35.4 82,941 4,689 2,082,706 4,576,512 45.5 20 6 0 0
Amendments to the Strafgesetzbuch and military penal code 1,132,662 54.6 939,975 45.5 24,910 3,192 2,100,739 45.9
December Federal law on health insurance 1,021,175 51.8 950,360 48.2 37,612 5,328 2,014,475 4,580,035 44.0
Popular initiative for a healthy health insurance initiative 460,674 23.4 1,504,177 76.6 43,849 5,550 2,014,250 44.0 0 0 20 6
Federal law on foreigners 1,435,040 72.9 533,297 27.1 42,333 5,905 2,016,575 44.0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, pp1936–1937 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1936
  3. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p1937