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22 November 2008


Serious business in Switzerland
A normal Greek postbox serves as my voting booth

Due to the server problems and my workload and general state of mind, I forgot to post this: Tuesday I voted. You might not heard of any major elections recently (except for the U$ one, which was already past then I believe) and besides, I'm a Swiss guy living in Greece, so what do I get to vote? The thing is, in Switzerland we have elections or rather "referendums" or "plebiscites" four times a year. Even as a Swiss abroad, I get to take part in those "ballot votes" that have to do with confederate matters - I can't vote in matters of the cantons, nor of any municipal matters, since I'm obviously not living in any canton nor municipality in Switzerland. Practical enough, I get to vote by mail - I took a picture of my voting booth right there, a normal Greek post box.

This time there was quite a bunch of business to decide about. Two drug related law changes, something about the pensions age, a law change that wants no more "statute of limitations" on sexual assault on children, and giving non-profit organizations less right to block building projects (crappy translations by myself). If you read German, French or Italian, you can read about the 5 changes to be decided about here on the official site. Serious business, no doubt.

Posted by betabug at 12:55 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
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Re: Voted

At least your government asks you and they can deal with the organization problems of these questions.

I cannot imagine 4 referendums per year on Spain or Greece. In Spain, for example, the government decided that the state budged approved in the parliament was not good and they changed it. (You know, the crisis and giving "some" euros to bank managers and investors).

So if they do not follow what they do in the parliament, It's gonna be difficult to believe (for me at least) that they will follow what people ask them for.

Posted by: graffic at November 25,2008 09:24
Re: Voted

Yes, we have that problem too, to some extent. Of course with the bank crisis the government just did what they wanted, based on "emergency law" and the parliament and the people can just "move their heads up and down" afterwards - the parliament can vote on the stuff, but they can only just agree.

Even with the referendums, sometimes the government tries to bend stuff, also if they don't like the result, they tend to bring the issue up again and again for voting, till they have what they want. But more or less I think it's a much better system than just give some politicians control for the next 4 years with no supervision at all.

Posted by: betabug at November 25,2008 09:57
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