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Surprise result Fribourg and Schwyz to become more politically transparent

Schwyz townhall

The townhall in Schwyz

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Political parties and organisations in cantons Schwyz and Fribourg will in future have to declare their finances during campaigns for elections and votes. 

In a surprise and very close result in Schwyz in central Switzerland, 50.28% of voters – a difference of around 300 votes – on Sunday approved the “Transparency Initiative” put forward by the leftwing Young Socialists Schwyzexternal link

In doing so, a majority of voters ignored the recommendation of the cantonal government and parliament. 

In canton Fribourg, in the French-speaking part of the country, 68.5% of voters backed a similar initiative on Sunday. 

Rules for party campaign funding already exist in cantons Ticino, Geneva and Neuchâtel. At a federal level, an initiative was handed in in October; the government rejected it, but it will most likely go to a nationwide vote.

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