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]


Month Question For Against Blank/invalid Total Registered
Turnout Cantons for Cantons against
Votes % Votes % Blank Invalid Full Half Full Half
FebruaryReferendum process934,00570.4393,63829.631,2166,6581,365,5174,755,70328.720600
Cantonal contribution to hospital medicine1,028,67377.4301,12822.628,7356,8181,365,35428.7
MayFederal law on the army1,718,45276.0541,57724.090,23211,1212,361,3824,764,65949.6
Federal law on civil defence1,829,33980.6441,49819.477,17910,8612,358,87749.5
"Yes to fair rents"749,38832.71,540,40167.361,99710,7312,362,51749.610196
Motor vehicle-free Sundays881,95337.61,460,79462.420,24710,1932,373,18749.800206
"Health has to be affordable"625,07327.11,682,69472.948,81310,5772,367,15749.700206
"Equal rights for the disabled"870,24937.71,439,89362.347,17810,5632,367,88349.730176
"Electricity without nuclear power"783,58633.71,540,56666.334,41210,5382,369,10249.701205
Ban on new nuclear power plants955,62441.61,341,67358.454,91410,8642,363,07549.602204
Provision of vocational education722,93131.61,564,32568.463,59610,7312,361,58349.600206
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

See also


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