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Key facts

About 5.2 million Swiss citizens, including registered members of Swiss Abroad community, were eligible to take part in the November 30 votes. Voter turnout was 49.4%

About 170,000 people, mainly Swiss expatriates, were allowed to participate in ongoing trials with electronic voting.

Votes and elections also took place on a broad range of issues in numerous cantons and communes on a across the country.

It was the fourth and final set of nationwide ballots on a number of separate issues this year.