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Geneva sends a red-green duo to the Council of States



She didn't even expect a few weeks ago: FDP candidate Johanna Gapana (right) makes elections to the State Council. (Photo: Anthony Anex / Keystone)

She didn't even expect a few weeks ago: FDP candidate Johanna Gapana (right) makes elections to the State Council. (Photo: Anthony Anex / Keystone)

The elections in Friborg have IT problems. CVP requires the counting of voting cards in all municipalities. But the law does not provide for such a procedure.

Antonio Fumagalli, Angelica Hardegger

The most important at a glance

  • A second vote in elections to the Council of States took place on Sunday in the three cantons of western Switzerland.
  • In the Geneva canton Lisa Mazzone was chosen by the Greens, and Carlo Sommaruga by the SP. The canton of Vaud sends Green Adèle Thorens and former Olivier Français from FDP to Bern.
  • In the Canton of Friborg, the results after a computer crash could only be transmitted after a few hours: the president of the SP Christian Levrat and Johanna Gapany, a young FDP claimant, won. Late in the evening, the CVP announced that it was asking to vote again – candidate Beat Vonlanthen had lost his seat.

Freiburg: Gapany (fdp.) Vonlanthen wins (cvp.)

Thoughtful Beat Vonlanthen: He was elected from the Council of States - but his party wants to appeal. (KEYSTONE / Anthony Anex)

Thoughtful Beat Vonlanthen: He was elected from the Council of States – but his party wants to appeal. (KEYSTONE / Anthony Anex)

What an election Sunday in western Switzerland: In three cantons – Freiburg, Geneva and Vaud – there were second votes in elections to the Council of States. In both places it was still necessary to forgive, because in the first vote none of the candidates achieved absolutely more.

Sunday's election, however, will not be remembered because of the accumulation of ballots, but because unusual events took place in the Canton of Friborg: the final results should be announced in the early afternoon, after all, counting ballots was less expensive than in the National Council elections. Christian Levrat (sp.) And Beat Vonlanthen (cvp.) And the unexpected candidate Johanna Gapana (fdp.), Who unexpectedly approached Vonlanthen in the first round of voting, fought for seats.

Due to a larger IT gap – according to the Chancellor of State, the transmission of grouped election bulletins did not work properly – the announcement of the final results was delayed by several hours. At 21:15 the office was able to report the result. In fact, Gapany coped with what was considered almost impossible just a few weeks ago: he overtook Vonlanthen – at the age of 31 and with no political experience at federal level. The Swiss FDP congratulated her with a message in exchange for "sensational success". Gapany will probably be the first Friborg in Stöckli's history.

Point mode is necessary because the CVP management, due to the very short result – Gapany got only 158 votes more – and the "big mess" in the afternoon decided to demand the re-writing of voting cards in all communities in the canton. "Without numerous returns during the day, we would have accepted the verdict," wrote the announcement that sent the party late at night. Campaign leader Philippe Crausaz said on demand that the State Chancellery could theoretically reject the application. Suppose, however, that it will be granted.

Only: Cantonal Law does not provide for such a scenario. "We need to set up an ad hoc procedure," Chancellor Danielle Gagnaux-Morel told La Liberté shortly before midnight. This should leave the final result of the Freiburg elections open for a few days.

For his part, the President of SP Levrat did not have to tremble because of his re-election. He scored the best result in the first round with a large margin and maintained his lead in the second round.

Vaud: Français, a FDP man, can change direction

In the canton of Vaud it was compared to almost back and forth. There was also a surprise: in the first ballot the previous Olivier Français (fdp.) Finished in third place, now, contrary to forecasts, he achieved the best result of all candidates. He took advantage of the fact that other bourgeois candidates withdrew after the first vote and whose parties now supported him. Together with Français Adèle Thorens (Greens), he moves into Stöckli – another party success that already triumphed on October 20 across the country.

However, for the SP, which plays the role of Vaud in Vaud, election Sunday was tantamount to rumor. He must be wondering if she presented the right candidate to the public along with Ada Marra. Marra politicized the left and became known especially in the issues of migration and social policy. Her internal opponent, Roger Nordmann, who was only worse at the party's April congress, is an eingemitter of the parliamentary group and also specializes in environmental issues. It is quite possible that he would have more chances for bourgeois voters. In Vaud, it is already speculated that in 2023 the leader of the union Pierre-Yves Maillard, who has just moved with the best result of all Vaud candidates in the National Council, may regain the seat of SP. He did not want to comment on such considerations on Sunday. Another simulation game says that Nordmann could try again because otherwise he would have to end his political career due to time constraints.

Winners of the election in Vaud: Olivier Français from FDP and Adèle Thorens from the Greens. (Photo: Laurent Gillieron / Keystone)

Winners of the election in Vaud: Olivier Français from FDP and Adèle Thorens from the Greens. (Photo: Laurent Gillieron / Keystone)

Geneva: A red-green duo was chosen

The lowest tension promised a starting position in the Geneva canton – which was also true. Lisa Mazzone (green) and Carlo Sommaruga (sp.) They were able to defend their comfortable advantage from the first vote. As with the last two legislators, the westernmost canton of Switzerland sends a red-green duo to Stöckli, though with new faces. Particularly noteworthy is the triumph of the only 31-year-old Mazzone, who completed only one term in Bern and is by far the best einfuhr result.

For bourgeois parties, the result is a delicate failure, especially for the FDP. Her candidate Hugues Hiltpold failed to set her own course on climate change. In addition, many traditional FDP voters remained an urn, which is also due to internal disputes over the Maudet case. In addition, two second bourgeois candidates competed for a second vote, and Hiltpold buried the water in this way: Beatrice Hirsch (cvp.) And Céline Amaudruz (svp.). However, they had no chance.

They will represent the Canton of Geneva in the Council of States: Lisa Mazzone of the Greens and Carlo Sommaruga of the SP. (Photo: Salvatore Di Nolfi / Keystone)

They will represent the Canton of Geneva in the Council of States: Lisa Mazzone of the Greens and Carlo Sommaruga of the SP. (Photo: Salvatore Di Nolfi / Keystone)

Another Geneva that does not want to vote after the election

FUM. · Because Lisa Mazzone was elected a council member, her party colleague Pierre Eckert could inherit his seat on the National Council. But this will not happen. According to Tribune de Genève, he informed his party that he would lose his office. He called it "personal reasons." After all, probably the next candidate, Dolphine Broggini-Klopfenstein, will advance – the distances were very small. Eckert is not the first Geneva citizen to be elected to the National Council this year and is now resigning from office. Earlier, Jocelyne Haller (Ensemble à Gauche) had already taken the same step – to the dissatisfaction of many citizens. Jean Burgermeister gave up second place because he did not want to inherit a man as a man. Thus, the third Stéfanie Prezioso now enters the position of national counsel.


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