The right once again became the majority in the Neuchâtel Grand Council with a total of 52 seats out of 100. The PLR remained the leading party with 32 seats. The PS, in decline, remains the 2nd political force in the canton. History: women have become the majority.
The surprise of these elections is that women will occupy 58 seats out of 100, whereas they were only 33% in 2017. The PLR remained the first party of the canton with 29.87% of the vote, even if it has lost its electoral force. He obtained 32 seats out of 100, against 43 seats in 2017 but out of a total of 115 deputies. Even if it is retreating, the Socialist Party remains the 2nd Neuchâtel political force with 19.71% of the vote and 21 deputies (against 32 in 2017).
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The green wave was not as strong as in the municipal or federal elections, but it did take place. With 8.23% of the vote, the Vert’liberals doubled their deputation and went to eight seats. Six women come out on top. The Greens progress from 3% to 18.26% of the vote and obtain 19 seats, against 17 during the previous legislature.
The end of the ties allowed the SVP, which was losing momentum during the last polls, to limit the damage. The party obtained 8.13% of the votes and eight deputies, against nine seats in 2017. The POP is on the rise and reaches 7.68% of the votes and eight deputies, against 6 during the previous legislature.
End of Solidarity
The Center barely reaches a quorum of 3% with 4.01% of the vote and four deputies. This is not the case with SolidaritéS with 2.43% which will leave the Grand Council where it had two deputies. The party, especially established in the lower part of the canton, believes that the single constituency has played against it. The Aperitif list for everyone (1.03%) and the Evangelical Party (0.66%) do not pass the required bar either.
The turnout was 31.7%, up from 33.3% four years earlier.
Sunday’s election takes place under a new formula. The candidates – 525 in the running – were elected by the entire Neuchâtel population (single constituency), and no longer just by that of their district. The number of seats is also down from 115 to 100. The reform also provides for the end of alliances and the reduction of the quorum from 10 to 3%.