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Swiss face vote on secret ballots to decide citizenship

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Swiss face vote on secret ballots to decide citizenship


The people of Switzerland are voting on a controversial return to citizenship applications being decided by a popular community ballot. Switzerland’s Supreme Court outlawed the secret ballots five years ago, ruling they were discriminatory.

However, many Swiss say by not allowing the voters to have a say goes against Switzerland’s system of direct democracy. Switzerland already has some of the toughest naturalisation laws in the world.

Candidates for citizenship must have lived in the country for at least 12 years, they must prove they can speak the language, and understand Swiss law and culture.

The rightwing People’s Party and their Vice-President Christoph Blocher is looking for a big yes vote.

The PP’s controversial views on how to treat immigrants have backfired before and opinion polls suggest this proposal will fail.

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