March 7, 2010 Held


Swiss Confederation



Voter Participation

Cast Votes:2,276,233
Valid Votes:2,276,233
Invalid Votes:0

Referendum Vote Share

The amendment will reduce the minimum conversion rate for the Occupational Retirement, Hinterlassenenund Disability Pension Plans (BVG), to 6.4%. The conversion rate determines what is paid to retirees annually.




The new article of the Constitution provides the basis for ensuring that the federal government can uniformly regulate research on humans.




The popular initiative against cruelty to animals, and better legal protection of animals (Animal Welfare Advocate Initiative) will require the cantons to set up a welfare attorney that represents the interests of abused animals in criminal trials.




Election Results Modified: Jun 21, 2024

General Information

At stake in this Referendum:

  • A federal decision on a constitutional article on research on human. A federal decree providing better legal protection for animals. A federal law adjusting the minimum conversion rate for the Occupational Retirement, Hinterlassenenund Disability Pension Plans (BVG)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Doris LEUTHARD *
  • Head of Government: President Hans-Rudolf MERZ
  • Assembly: Switzerland has a bicameral Federal Assembly (Bundesversammlung/Assemblée Fédérale/Assemblea Federale) consisting of the Council of States (Standerat/Conseil des Etats/ Consiglio degli Stati) with 46 seats* and the National Council (Nationalrat/Conseil National/Consiglio Nazionale) with 200 seats**.

* The Federal Presidency rotates among members of the Federal Council, which is the formal chief of state.

* Single-member districts correspond to half-cantons. The electoral system is first-past-the-post. Two-seat districts correspond to full cantons. The electoral system is MNTV.

** Seats are apportioned to each canton or half-canton in proportion to its population. Voters have the option of panachage. In single-member districts, this is effectively a first-past-the-post system.

Electoral Requirements

  • An absolute majority of voters must vote "yes" in order for passage.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 7,824,909 (2010)
  • Registered Voters: 5,030,915 (November 2009)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 3,972,384 (2010)

·         Is Switzerland a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (23 January 1987)

·         Has Switzerland ratified CEDAW: Yes (27 March 1997)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: N/A

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 59 (National Council); 10 (Council of States) following the 2007 elections

·         Human Development Index Position: 3 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Switzerland a signatory to CRPD: No

·         Has Switzerland ratified CRPD: Yes, accession (15 April 2014)

·         Population with a disability: 1,173,736 (est.)

Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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