Switzerland’s general parliamentary election is 21 October.
From the Tribune de GenÃ¨ve:
Swiss voters go to the polls Sunday to decide who will sit in parliament after an uncharacteristically fractious election campaign. Polls show the Swiss Peopleâ€™s Party (UDC) with the highest level of support at 27 percent, followed by the center-left Social Democrats with about 22 per cent. Center-right parties are jostling for the balance of power. It is unclear how much significant change will happen in the parliament. A system of proportional representation system offers several parties an opportunity to gain seats in the 200-seat house of representatives, while the 46-seat senate provides regional representation for each canton.
Concern about the environment could improve the chances of the Green party, which has strong support in cities such as Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich. But the campaign has been dominated by debate around issues framed by the UDC, whose anti-immigration policies sparked recent riots in Bern and Lausanne. The lightning rod for protest has been Christoph Blocher, the Zurich-based billionaire industrialist and UDC cabinet minister. His partyâ€™s campaign poster showing white sheep booting a black one out of the country caused a backlash in some quarters but it hasnâ€™t hurt the partyâ€™s support.
Recommended for following this election: the thread at EuroTrib.