Direct democracy: Switzerland: Trend shows approval for 13th pension payment

Direct democracy
Switzerland: Trend shows approval for 13th pension payment

A poster from the “No to the 13th AHV pension” committee in French-speaking Switzerland at the train station. photo

© Valentin Flauraud/KEYSTONE/dpa

The Swiss population is now deciding on two important questions regarding pensions. The topic electrified voters. Now a decision is emerging.

In the Swiss referendum on a 13th Pension payment from the state pension fund AHV is a yes. The political and media scientist Lukas Golder from the opinion research institute gfs.bern said this on Swiss television. According to initial data analyses, he estimated approval at at least 54 percent.

However, for a popular initiative, not only the majority of votes but also the majority of the 26 cantons must be in favor. Because there are many smaller cantons in which a majority of the population is often against additional state benefits or requirements, many popular initiatives fail at this second hurdle.

The people can also vote on whether the retirement age should be further increased beyond 65 years. There was no sign of approval for this. In Zurich it was also a question of whether the airport could extend two runways.

The last polling stations closed at 12 p.m. More than 90 percent of Swiss people usually vote by postal vote.

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