- The second ballots of the Council of States elections took place on Sunday in three cantons of western Switzerland. Four out of six seats are already occupied:
- In the canton of Geneva, Lisa Mazzone was elected by the Greens and Carlo Sommaruga by the SP. The canton of Vaud sends the Green Adele Thorens and the former Olivier Francais from the FDP to Bern.
- In Freiburg, the electoral thriller continues: The young challenger from the FDP is just ahead of the previous CVP Council of States Beat Vonlanthen. The canton is struggling with technical problems in the counting. The CVP considers a recourse.
Freiburg: Is not the final result confirmed this evening?
Already in the early afternoon, the canton of Freiburg had reported technical problems via the short message service Twitter:
Apparently there is a problem in counting the votes in at least two districts, the Saanbezirk and the Veveyse. The results of the already counted communities should therefore be correct, but not the overall result. On-site, journalists are currently manually adding together the results of the communities.
The published results so far (134 of the 137 municipalities) point to a surprise: The challenger of the FDP, Johanna Gapany, lies before the previous CVP Council of States beat Vonlanthen. Because Christian Levrat so far could unite most votes, the CVP man Vonlanthen would be voted out. However, Gapany is just under 200 votes before Vonlanthen.
CVP co-president Eric Collomb told Liberte that, in the face of irregularities, his party would appeal if the result was close. The party would therefore demand that all municipalities re-count ballot papers. So it is conceivable that the final result in Freiburg will not be determined in the evening.
If the FDP candidate Johanna Gapany was actually elected, she would write history in her canton: the canton of Friborg has never sent a council member to Bern. For the CVP, the loss of the seat would be a bitter defeat in the home country.
The SP seat of Christian Levrat is safe. He can be fun on Twitter:
Vaud: FDP man Francais can turn the tide
In the first ballot of the Vaud federal elections, the previous Olivier Francais (FDP) was still in third place. Now he could turn the tables: Francais scores the best result of all candidates and can defend his seat with 53.8 percent of the vote. He could benefit from the support of the other bourgeois parties for the second round of voting.
The second most votes are won by the Green candidate Adele Thorens (51.7 percent). Social Democrat Ada Marra missed the election.
The fact that the FDP candidate Francais could catch up on the gap is not entirely surprising. Four years ago, the same scenario had happened. However, it is surprising that Francois even came in first place by a considerable margin. The right-wing parties have evidently mobilized much better.
For the SP, which holds a state-supporting role in the Vaud, the election Sunday is a gossip. The party already lost in Neuchatel a state council seat to the Greens. Now the Social Democrats have to ask themselves whether they have presented the right candidate to the population. Marra politicized left pronounced and has made a name especially in migration and social policy topics. Her internal opponent, Roger Nordmann, who was just inferior at a party congress in April, is as a parliamentary group eingemitteter and also specialized in environmental issues. It is quite possible that he would have had more chances with the bourgeois voters than Marra.
Geneva: Red-Green duo elected
In Geneva, the surprise is missing: Lisa Mazzone (Green) and Carlo Sommaruga (sp.) Prevail clearly, they had already achieved the best result in the first ballot. As in the last two legislatures, Switzerland's westernmost canton sends a red-green duo to StOckli, albeit with new faces.
For the bourgeois parties, the result is a delicate defeat, especially for the FDP. Her candidate Hugues Hiltpold did not manage to set her own course on the topic of climate change. In addition, many traditional FDP voters of the urn stayed away, which is also due to the internal disputes surrounding the affair Maudet. On top of that, two other bourgeois candidates applied for the second round of voting: Beatrice Hirsch (cvp.) And Celine Amaudruz (svp.), But had no chance.
Another Geneva who does not want to vote after the election
fum. · Because Lisa Mazzone was elected as a council member, her party colleague Pierre Eckert could have inherited her place in the National Council. But it will not come to that. According to the Tribune de Geneve, he informed his party that he would forfeit his office. He called it "personal reasons". Ultimately, probably the next but one candidate, Dolphine Broggini-Klopfenstein, move up – the distances were very small. Eckert is not the first Geneva citizen to have been elected to the National Council this year and now renounces his office. Earlier, Jocelyne Haller (Ensemble a Gauche) had already taken the same step – to the displeasure of many citizens. The runner-up Jean Burgermeister renounced because he did not want to inherit a man as a man. Thus, the third-placed Stefanie Prezioso now enters the office as National Councilor.