Swiss referendums, 2003

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Eleven referendums were held in Switzerland during 2003.[1] The first two were held on 9 February on federal resolutions on reforming the referendum process and changing the cantonal contribution to financing hospital medication. Both were approved.[1] The last nine were all held on 18 May on two federal laws on the Swiss army and civil defence, and seven popular initiatives; "yes to fair rents", "for one Sunday a season free from motor vehicles–a test for four years", "health has to be affordable", "equal rights for the disabled", "electricity without nuclear power", "for prolonging the ban on new nuclear power stations" and "for a sufficient provision of vocational education". Whilst the two laws were approved, all nine initiatives were rejected by voters.[2]

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 Referendum process 934,005 70.4 393,638 29.6 31,216 6,658 1,365,517 4,755,703 28.7 20 6 0 0
Cantonal contribution to hospital medicine 1,028,673 77.4 301,128 22.6 28,735 6,818 1,365,354 28.7
May Federal law on the army 1,718,452 76.0 541,577 24.0 90,232 11,121 2,361,382 4,764,659 49.6
Federal law on civil defence 1,829,339 80.6 441,498 19.4 77,179 10,861 2,358,877 49.5
"Yes to fair rents" 749,388 32.7 1,540,401 67.3 61,997 10,731 2,362,517 49.6 1 0 19 6
Motor vehicle-free Sundays 881,953 37.6 1,460,794 62.4 20,247 10,193 2,373,187 49.8 0 0 20 6
"Health has to be affordable" 625,073 27.1 1,682,694 72.9 48,813 10,577 2,367,157 49.7 0 0 20 6
"Equal rights for the disabled" 870,249 37.7 1,439,893 62.3 47,178 10,563 2,367,883 49.7 3 0 17 6
"Electricity without nuclear power" 783,586 33.7 1,540,566 66.3 34,412 10,538 2,369,102 49.7 0 1 20 5
Ban on new nuclear power plants 955,624 41.6 1,341,673 58.4 54,914 10,864 2,363,075 49.6 0 2 20 4
Provision of vocational education 722,931 31.6 1,564,325 68.4 63,596 10,731 2,361,583 49.6 0 0 20 6
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, pp1943–1944 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1944