Too many mistakes in the voting booklet: Parliament is now supposed to close a loophole in the law
Complaints about errors in the federal ballot booklet are mostly useless. This is due to a weakness in the law. Parliament should finally close it, demands Matthias Müller, President of the Young Liberals. He receives support from the federal court.
In a recently published judgment, the Federal Supreme Court speaks of a “significant gap in legal protection”. The criticism of the supreme court relates to the complaints against Federal Council voting explanations – i.e. against false information in the federal booklet. The hands of federal judges are largely tied here. Because: Complaints about “violation of political rights” are not contestable. So the Federal Supreme Court does not have much to say about errors in the ballot booklet. This has recently been confirmed once again.
The opponents of the “Lex Netflix”, which was ultimately adopted by the people, have filed voting complaints in several cantons and criticized the fact that the Federal Council is violating the right to cast an unbiased vote and manipulating the voters by providing incorrect information. The reason for this was an incorrect graphic in the voting booklet. The judgment of the federal court is now available. It does not act on the complaint because it simply cannot do so due to the lack of a legal basis.
What Is Federal Supreme Court
The Federal Supreme Court is the supreme court of the Swiss Confederation and at the head of the Swiss judiciary. Federal Supreme Court is headquartered in the Federal Courthouse in Lausanne in the canton of Vaud. The Federal Supreme Court is the final arbiter on disputes in the field of civil law, the public arena (citizen-state), as well as in disputes between cantons or between cantons and the Confederation. The Supreme Court’s decisions in the field of human rights violations can be appealed to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
What type of jurisdiction does the Federal Supreme Court have over violation of rules
- federal law.
- public international law.
- inter-cantonal law.
- cantonal constitutional rights.
- autonomy of municipalities, and other guarantees granted by the cantons to public corporate bodies.
- federal and cantonal provisions concerning political rights.