1 Where a seat cannot be filled by substitution, three-fifths of the signatories to the list (Art. 24 paragraph 1) on which the member of the National Council who has resigned is entered, or the committee of the cantonal party (Art. 24 paragraph 3) that submitted the said list shall have the right to submit a further nomination.1
2 The candidate who is nominated in the foregoing manner shall be declared by the cantonal government to be elected in accordance with Article 45, following the rectification of any deficiencies in the candidate list (Art. 22 and Art. 29) and without a ballot being held.2
3 Where the right to nominate a candidate is not exercised, a popular election shall be held.3 This election is based on the simple majority election system unless more than one seat has to be filled, in which case the provisions on the system of proportional representation apply.
1 Amended by No I of the Federal Act of 21 June 2002, in force since 1 Jan. 2003 (AS 2002 3193; BBl 2001 6401). 2 Amended by No I of the Federal Act of 18 March 1994, in force since 15 Nov. 1994 (AS 1994 2414; BBl 1993 III 445). 3 Amended by No I of Federal Act of 21 June 2002, in force since 1 Jan. 2003 (AS 2002 3193; BBl 2001 6401).