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Standing for election to the National Council in Obwalden and Nidwalden

Both these cantons have only one seat in the National Council and elect their member in a first-past-the-post system. What is the procedure for becoming a candidate in these cantons?

Candidate list

To stand for election to the National Council in either of these two cantons you have to meet the eligibility criteria and you have to submit a candidacy application to the cantonal chancellery.

Obwalden: terms and conditions for submitting a candidacy application

  • Eight weeks before polling day, the cantonal government publishes an invitation candidacy in its official gazette for citizens to submit their applications to be candidates. 
  • Applications must be supported by at least five persons who are resident and eligible to vote in the canton.
  • Candidates have to confirm in writing that they wish to stand for election. If they do not do this, their name is removed from the candidate list.
  • The cantonal chancellery must receive the names of the candidates for the canton of Obwalden’s seat in the National Council at least 48 days before the election (by 12 pm on the 7th Monday before the election at the latest).
  • If only one person is nominated by the deadline, the cantonal council declares this person elected.

Nidwalden: terms and conditions for submitting a candidacy application

  • The cantonal chancellery must receive the names of the candidates for the canton of Nidwalden’s seat in the National Council at least 48 days before the election (by 12 pm on the 7th Monday before the election at the latest).
  • If only one person is nominated by the deadline indicated, the cantonal council declares this person elected

More information on candidates in the Federal Law on Political Rights

Cantonal information on the federal elections in 2019