The municipalities in Valais did not cause upheaval in the towns. At the canton level, the PDC loses five points, but remains the leading party in the canton. The Greens confirm their progress. The PS, the UDC and the PLR remain stable.
No upheaval in the cities after the township municipal elections. On the French-speaking side, status quo in Sion which retains its composition with 3 PLR, 3 PDC, 1 UDC, 1 PS and 1 Vert. Stability also in Martigny with 5 PLR, 3 PDC and 1 PS. In Sierre, the Greens are entering the executive to the detriment of the PDC. The PDC and the PLR obtained three seats each, the Left Alliance (PS-PCS) kept its two.
In Monthey, the PDC loses a seat in favor of the PLR. The city thus finds itself with 3 PLR, 2 PDC, 2 PS, 1 UDC and 1 elected from a list of agreement. Thanks to the PS and the election of Bogiqi Aferdita, the municipal council sees the arrival of a woman after eight years of a 100% male executive.
In the Upper Valais, the representation of political forces remains almost stable in large cities. Status quo in Visp (6 PDC, 1 PLR, 1 UDC, 1 PS) and Naters (3 UDC, 3 PDC, 1 PS) where outgoing president and UDC national councilor Franz Ruppen was best elected. Note the loss of a UDC seat to the PDC in Brig which now has 3 PDCs, 2 UDCs, 1 PLR, 1 PS.
With 0.2% of the vote in 2016, the Greens made significant progress. They had a single seat in the entire canton, occupied by Marylène Volpi Fournier who had taken over the seat in Sion from Christophe Clivaz, elected to the National Council during the legislature. The Green was renewed on Sunday, and from now on, it will no longer be alone: in Sierre, the party managed to steal a seat in the PDC with Jérémy Savioz.
The party conquered others in smaller municipalities: Mont-Noble, where the Greens won two seats while they presented only one candidate, in Martigny-Combe, Grimisuat, Chalais, Salvan, Savièse, Vernayaz, Fully , Val de Bagnes. With 12 elected officials, including eight women, the training achieved its objective, affirms its president Jean-Pascal Fournier.
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“Warning shot” at the PDC
Despite this result, the Greens remain a minority party in a canton with strong bourgeois roots. The PDC, however, loses its feathers: “the party goes from 44% to 38%”, indicates its president Joachim Rausis to Keystone-ATS. “It is a warning shot for the PDC. We must mobilize again for the cantons of next year”.
This loss is particularly visible within the brand new municipality of Val de Bagnes where the party has failed to retain an absolute majority. The executive will consist of 4 PLRs, 4 PDCs and 1 representative of the center-left plural list. The SVP loses its seat.
Note that, of the 9 seats, 5 were won by candidates from the village of Vollèges just merged with Bagnes and which has four times fewer inhabitants (2000). For the record, the town has been entangled since 2015 in cases of illicit construction in Verbier.
In Collombey-Muraz, the PDC loses a seat in favor of the left. The departure of his locomotive Yannick Buttet entangled in accusations of sexual harassment weighed in the balance.
PLR, UDC and PS stable
“Satisfied”, the UDC of Valais Romand won one seat, the PLR should have won two. The PS remains stable and its president Barbara Lanthemann says she is delighted and “relieved” not to have paid the price for green progress. She also underlines that “40% of their elected representatives are women”.
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