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Election of the Council of the Swiss Abroad – Recommendations


The Council of the Swiss Abroad (CSA) will be re-elected in 2017. At its meeting in August 2015, the CSA adopted a number of recommendations for the attention of the Swiss societies abroad with the aim of increasing the CSA’s electoral base and thereby achieving better representation.

These recommendations are as follows:

  • All Swiss Abroad registered on an electoral roll are authorised to take part in the election of the CSA
  • Candidates must be nominated by a minimum number of voters.
  • Candidatures should, where possible, be published in the regional section of ‘Swiss Review’ and in “Gazzetta Svizzera”
  • Where they exist, umbrella organisations have the authority and responsibility for conducting the elections

These are recommendations and not requirements. The Swiss societies abroad and their umbrella organisations are free to follow them or not. Voters and candidates must hold Swiss nationality and be domiciled abroad. While the CSA is aware that there are still unresolved issues that need to be addressed, it hopes these recommendations will provide impetus in ensuring the CSA is more representative.