Zurich, Switzerland, local Obligatory referendum [LOR] - Obligatorische Volksabstimmung

General Typology

Instrument
Obligatory referendum [LOR]
Location
Zürich, Switzerland
Political level
local
Local Name:
Obligatorische Volksabstimmung
Normative Level:
constitutional
Legally Binding:
yes
Legally Defined:

Article 86
People's rights in the community
The Act regulates the rights of people in the community. (..)
Voters decide the ballot box through:
a. expenses which exceed the fixed amount laid down in the municipal code;
b. transactions which are especially known in the Constitution, law or municipal code.
In the town meeting one-third of the voters present may require that a decision will be subsequently voted on at the ballot box.
The law identifies the transactions which are excluded from the ballot box vote.

Article 87
Community organization
The bodies of the municipality are:
a. the whole electorate;
b. the Municipal Board;
c. other authorities designated by the Act.
The municipality may establish a community Parliament in place of the Municipal Assembly.

Article 91
Contractual cooperation
For the joint performance of one or more tasks, the communities themselves may conclude contracts.
The law regulates the conditions under which contracts must be approved by the voters or the Parliament.

References: Constitution of the Canton Zurich, 2005 (2018) (Accessed 18.11.2019)

Subject Matter:

General constitutional rule to provide obligatory referendums on local level, as well as possibility for the institution of town meetings (the whole local electorate).

Actors

Author:
Authorities
Initiator:
Law
Decision maker:
Electorate

Requirements

Available Time:
Turnout Quorum:
No specific constitutional provision was found.
Approval Quorum:
No specific constitutional provision was found.
Geographical Quorum:
No specific constitutional provision was found.
Excluded Issues:
Other Formal Requirements:

Procedural Elements

Wording Of Ballot Question:
Interaction With Authorities:
Supervision And Support:
Transparency And Finance:

Practice

Archive:
Remarks:

The English version here is a courtesy translation only. Only the original German, French or Italian version is binding.