Against the ban on dual mandates
Cities association wants more city votes in parliament
Members of city executives should be allowed to politicize simultaneously under the federal dome. By banning dual mandates, the cities would weaken themselves, said the president of the Swiss Association of Cities, Anders Stokholm.
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The President of the Swiss Association of Cities, Anders Stokholm, would like to see more city representation in Parliament. (archive image)
In many Swiss cities, such dual mandates are not allowed today, Stokholm said in an interview with the “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” on Wednesday. Consequently, the Federal Parliament does not represent that two-thirds of the Swiss population lives in urban areas. “There is an urgent need for more weighty urban voices there,” Stokholm said.
He saw an example of this in the federal government’s crisis plan for power cuts. Certain pumps in urban sewage systems would no longer start by themselves after an interruption. “Apparently nobody was aware of that at the federal level – and in an emergency it would have serious consequences.”
However, when asked about the representation of big cities in the Federal Council, Stokholm said that urban thinking is not dependent on whether someone lives in a city or not. It is regrettable that no large cities are represented in the Bundesrat. “But in an international comparison, Zurich, Geneva and Basel are also manageable in size.”
In the interview, the President of the Association of Cities also showed understanding that rural regions feel ignored. “There are forms of urban thinking that seem arrogant.”