Switzerland, national Obligatory referendum [LOR] - Obligatorisches Referemdum

General Typology

Instrument
Obligatory referendum [LOR]
Location
Switzerland
Political level
national
Local Name:
Obligatorisches Referemdum
Normative Level:
constitutional
Legally Binding:
yes
Legally Defined:

Art. 140 Mandatory referendum
1 The following must be put to the vote of the People and the Cantons:
a. amendments to the Federal Constitution;
b. accession to organisations for collective security or to supranational communities;
c. emergency federal acts that are not based on a provision of the Constitution and whose term of validity exceeds one year; such federal acts must be put to the vote within one year of being passed by the Federal Assembly.
2 The following shall be submitted to a vote of the People:
a. popular initiatives for a complete revision of the Federal Constitution;
b. popular initiatives for a partial revision of the Federal Constitution in the form of a general proposal that have been rejected by the Federal Assembly;
c. the question of whether a complete revision of the Federal Constitution should be carried out, in the event that there is disagreement between the two Councils.

References: Federal Constitution of Switzerland, 1999, status:as of Sept. 23, 2012

Subject Matter:

Obligatory Referendum in certain cases

Actors

Author:
Authorities
Initiator:
Law
Decision maker:
electorate

Requirements

Available Time:
Turnout Quorum:
Legal source does not mention turnout quorum
Approval Quorum:
Majority of those who vote and a majority of the Cantons
Geographical Quorum:
Majority of those who vote and a majority of the Cantons
Excluded Issues:
Other Formal Requirements:

Procedural Elements

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Interaction With Authorities:
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Transparency And Finance:

Practice

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