Last update 26.11.2018
The composition of the plenary assembly of the Chamber of Commerce is renewed every 5 years.
The Chamber of Commerce comprises 25 regular members and 25 substitute members divided into 6 electoral groups.
Who is concerned
Voters, delegates and legal representatives must be at least 18 years old on the day on which the vote closes (29 March 2019).
The following people are not permitted to vote:
- people who have been convicted of criminal offences;
- people who, for lesser offences, have been stripped of the right to vote;
- people who have been sentenced for bankruptcy or who are bankrupt;
- adults under guardianship;
- subject to exceptions, people exercising their right to vote in another professional chamber.
On 8 February 2019, the polling station will publish a notice stating the dates, times and locations where it will be accepting proposals of candidates and declarations of any witnesses or substitute witnesses who may attend the polling station for the procedures (the deadline for declaring candidacy is 18.00 on 25 February 2019). Proposals of candidates that are submitted after the deadline are automatically disqualified.
How to proceed
Proposal of candidates
Any list of candidates must include a number of candidates that is equal to or greater than the number of regular and substitute delegates to elect.
Each list of candidates states:
- the group to which the candidates belong;
- their surname and first name(s);
- their profession;
- their home address;
- their date of birth;
- the signatures of the candidates and voters;
- the name of the delegating company for legal persons.
Candidates are listed in alphabetical order. If they wish, married people may add their spouse's surname to their surname (e.g. Annette Meyer, married name Müller). Any registration on the list which does not fulfil the conditions will be rejected when filed.
Candidacy may be declared only for the electoral group to which the candidate, or the legal person whose candidate is the legal representative or delegate exercising the right to vote, belongs as a voter.
Candidates may appear on only one list. If candidates wish to withdraw from the race, they must notify the polling station by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt before the deadline to propose candidates.
The signatories of the proposals of candidates appoint a representative to sign and file their list at the polling station.
The proposal of candidates is accompanied by the declaration of acceptance of candidacy signed by all candidates, stating that they agree to run in the electoral group in question.
Declaration of candidacy
All candidacies must be declared at the polling station during the scheduled times.
The appointed representative may appoint a maximum of 2 witnesses and 2 substitute witnesses to attend the polling station for the procedures.
The polling station records the proposals in the order in which they are submitted and issues a receipt in the representative's name.
Withdrawal of candidacy
Candidates who would like to withdraw from the race must notify the polling station before the deadline to propose candidates.
This notice must be served by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt.
If the number of candidates in a group does not exceed the number of regular and substitute members to be elected or if it is lower, the president of the polling station declares the existing candidates to have been elected with no further formalities. In order for this to happen, a single list must have been submitted for the group in question, expressly nominating the regular and substitute members in the order in which they are to replace the regular members.
If only one list of candidates is submitted in a group and it does not include enough representatives to be elected, the total number of elected members (and the number of representatives planned for this group) is reduced equally. If no list of candidates is submitted in a group or a list contains no candidates, the total number of elected members (and the number of representatives planned for this group) is not reduced equally. New elections in this electoral group are held after the formation of the plenary assembly, within a maximum of 6 months.