A small majority in Switzerland supported a ban on wearing a face covering in Sunday’s referendum, Swiss media wrote based on the first results. The term burqa did not appear officially on the ballot, but it is clear to everyone that it relates to this type of face covering.
52 percent of the Swiss, according to SRF Vote for a ban. Final results are expected later in the day.
There are an estimated thirty people in Switzerland who wear the burqa. The ban means that no one is allowed to completely cover their face in public. There are exceptions, such as places of worship.
The vast majority also clearly opposed a private “electronic identity”. The government wants to create a legal framework to give the Swiss an “electronic identity” that will make many administrative or financial matters much easier online.
According to the Swiss government, the country lags far behind other European countries in this area. But in the referendum, most of them turned against the bill, fearing that the Swiss government would turn against private internet companies and that this could be dangerous for citizens and the state.
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