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Voting procedure before election day

Parliament will go to the urns to decide on the successor


At least one month before the election, the cantonal parties (in this case, the Social Democrats) must put forward their candidates to the national party.

A few days later the party leaders interview the candidates and make an initial recommendation to their own parliamentary group.

Approximately a week later the parliamentary group interviews the candidates again and draws up a shortlist. These names are then proposed to parliament (the Senate and the House of Representatives).

The shortlisted candidates are usually interviewed at a hearing by the parliamentary political groups.

One of the shortlisted candidates does not necessarily have to be chosen. It is a free vote for members of parliament. In theory, every person entitled to vote in Switzerland can be elected.