The 120-strong council will be elected for the first time according to the proportional system (proportional representation) and no longer according to the majority (majority election). The proportion breaks with the previous “choice of personality” in the valleys.
The seats are no longer allocated separately in each of the 39 constituencies, but initially distributed among the parties across the canton. Only then will the allocation within the constituencies take place.
The new system is intended to reflect the balance of power in Graubünden more precisely than the previous majority election. Relevant shifts in power are expected in the Great Council – probably from the political center to the poles and from large to small.
The smaller parties hope to gain significantly more weight. In Graubünden, in addition to the non-mandate Greens and the GLP, this also includes the SVP and the SP. In any case, the political heavyweights Center and FDP feel called upon to maintain their dominance in Parliament.
The government elections are also tough. One woman and six men, including three previous ones, are fighting for the five seats in the cantonal government. Marcus Caduff (middle), Peter Peyer (SP) and Jon Domenic Parolini (middle) want to be re-elected. While the first two can look forward to election Sunday with ease, Parolini’s re-election – like four years ago – is considered endangered.
There is a lot at stake for Parolini’s party, the centre. She must defend three seats, including the seat of a resigning governing council. Carmelia Maissen, mayor of Ilanz in the Graubünden Oberland, is supposed to get the chestnuts out of the fire.
It is more than an open question whether the center will succeed in holding all the seats. Even as the strongest party in the Grand Council, it is over-represented in the government through the merger of the CVP and BDP.
The FDP also has to defend a vacant seat. She is trying to do that with Martin Bühler, who made a name for himself beyond the canton’s borders as head of the canton’s management staff in dealing with the pandemic. The SVP is pushing back into the government. The People’s Party has not been represented there since 2008. Old party president Roman Hug should judge it.
The seventh candidate, the independent 72-year-old architect from Prättigau, Hans Vetsch, is seen as an outsider with no chances.