Over the weekend Geneva’s commune elections took place. These elections select municipal leaders and occur every five years. If a workable majority is not elected in the first round there is a second round vote, this time scheduled for 10 May 2015. According to the Tribune de Genève, 30 first round commune votes were definitive while 15 require a second round vote.
Foreigners who have lived in Switzerland for 8 years are able to vote in these elections. To encourage voting the canton launched a campaign under the slogan: “j’ai 8 ans, je vote dans ma commune” (I’m 8, I vote in my commune).
In the commune Ville de Genève, containing around 40% of the canton’s population, the parties on the left lost two seats to those on the right. Gainers and losers on the right were the PDC (+4) and the UDC (-2), a net gain of 2. Gainers and losers on the left were the Socialists (+3), the Greens (-3) and Ensemble à Gauche (-2), a net loss of 2.
The frontalier flustered party MCG, headed by the colourful Eric Stauffer, who never seems to miss an opportunity to make a fuss about cross-border workers, gained little ground.
The Tribune de Genève gives a full run down of the results by commune.
Finally, we are a bit sick to pay taxes for people who are on social aid, who are on methadon, who are against the home owners, who are against the car drivers, who don’t have good politics for public transportation, who still like to show their faces at every fancy cocktail that the city pays for the happy few who are the elected ones… etc… etc… GAUCHE CAVIAR AU BERCAIL ! VIVE LA DROITE REPUBLICAINE !