Grand Council of Geneva

The Grand Council of Geneva (French: Grand Conseil de Genève) is the legislature of the canton of Geneva, in Switzerland. Geneva, styled as a 'Republic and Canton', has a unicameral legislature. The Grand Council was established in its present form and with 100 seats in 1842[1], with members elected every four years. Its oldest ancestor is the Council of Two Hundred (with 200 seats), founded in 1526.[2]. Members of the canton's executive, the Conseil d'Etat, are elected a month later.

Grand Council of Geneva
Type
Type
Leadership
President
Jean-Marie Voumard (MCG)
14 May 2019
1st Vice-president
François Lefort (Greens)
14 May 2019
2nd Vice-president
Salima Moyard (PS)
14 May 2019
Structure
Political groups
  •      PLR (28)
  •      PS (17)
  •      Greens (PES) (15)
  •      PDC (12)
  •      MCG (11)
  •      EAG (9)
  •      UDC (8)
Elections
Party-list proportional representation
Last election
15 April 2018
Meeting place
Hôtel de Ville, canton de Genève

There is a 7% threshold to representation on the Grand Council. Seven parties overcame that hurdle at the most recent election held on 15 April 2018.

In 2018, on a lower turnout compared with 2013, right-wing populists lost previous gains, with the traditionally dominant parties, the Liberals and the Social Democrats, and the Greens strengthening.

 Summary of the 15 April 2018 Geneva Grand Council election results
Party Ideology Vote % Vote % ± Seats Seats ±
FDP.The Liberals (PLR) Classical liberalism 25.18 +2.81 28 +4
Social Democratic Party (PS) Democratic socialism 15.30 +0.97 17 +2
Green Party (PES) Green politics 13.16 +4.00 15 +5
Christian Democratic People's Party (PDC) Christian democracy 10.71 +0.11 12 +1
Geneva Citizens' Movement (MCG) Right-wing populism 9.43 -9.80 11 -9
Together Left (EAG)1 Communism 7.83 -0.92 9 ±0
Swiss People's Party (UDC) National conservatism 7.32 -3.02 8 -3
Geneva Forward 4.10 +4.10 0 ±0
Women's List 2018 3.26 +3.26 0 ±0
Green Liberal Party Green liberalism 1.60 -1.46 0 ±0
Equality and Equity 0.88 +0.88 0 ±0
List for Geneva 0.71 +0.71 0 ±0
Conservative Democratic Party Conservative liberalism 0.52 -0.04 0 ±0
Total 100.00   100  
Turnout 38.77 2.28    
1 Alliance of SolidaritéS, Swiss Party of Labour, left-wing independents, Defence of the Elderly, Tenants of Housing and Social (DAL), Alternative Left,
   the Communist Party of Geneva, and Action of Citizens and Workers in Struggle (ACTE)
Source: Republic and Canton of Geneva

References

  1. "Archives de la République et Canton de Genève", first section, Councils
  2. "Histoire de Genève", Helvetia-genevensis Society.
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