Published On: Thu, Apr 11th, 2019

Swiss cancels referendum as Govt misguides voters with incomplete information

The frequent interference of the judicial system over the affairs of the Swiss direct democracy is not advisable for the health of that Swiss way of democracy. Still, the right interference of the judicial system is not good to be discouraged over this flimsy ground.

A Swiss court has dismissed the latest referendum on whether a married couple and a co-habiting couple should pay the same tax, on the ground that the Switzerland government provided incomplete information potential enough to influence the voters prior to the referendum.

The government either purposefully or mistakenly informed the voters, when asked how many married couples were affected due to the double standard, that only less than one lakh people were affected.

In reality, lakhs and lakhs of married couples are affected. And, many of affected are unhappy due to the double standard.

The referendum has been passed with a flimsy majority of 50.8 per cent against little above 49 per cent.

The court has observed that had the right information been provided the voters would have decided differently.

The historic judicial decision has been taken in response to a petition failed by the Christian Democratic Party.

The political party has welcomed the decision taken by the court. Many other organisations have also praised the court’s timely interference.

Meanwhile, the development has also received serious criticism. The concerned has been criticised on the ground that it will set a wrong precedent and will encourage to misuse the judicial system to block the future referendums.

The frequent interference of the judicial system over the affairs of the Swiss direct democracy is not advisable for the health of that Swiss way of democracy. Still, the right interference of the judicial system is not good to be discouraged over this flimsy ground. What do you think? 

Vignesh. S. G
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Swiss cancels referendum as Govt misguides voters with incomplete information