By Peter Ungphakorn
MARCH 2, 2018 | UPDATED MARCH 2, 2018
On Sunday (March 4), the Swiss go to the first of four polls scheduled this year. It’s an opportunity to take a quick look at how referendums are handled in Switzerland.
The jewels in the crown are not just the power given to the people, but also the clear, simple, comprehensive and impartial explanations that accompany the ballot papers.
This is part of a systematic process that includes scrutiny, checks and balances. Years of experience allow the Swiss to handle it all professionally and systematically, up to four times a year — dates have been set in advance for every quarter all the way to 2037!
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