Immigration, energy top Swiss election agenda

October 25, 2011 - 1:17 PM
Switzerland General Election

FILE - in this Sept. 25, 2011 file photo people pass election posters of various parties in Geneva, Switzerland. The members of the two chambers of Switzerland's parliament will be elected on Sunday, Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini, File)

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Concerns about immigration, nuclear power and the economy top the agenda as Swiss voters cast ballots in a general election with nationalists aiming for an unprecedented 30 percent stake.

The Swiss People's Party is well ahead of other parties, at 29.3 percent in a recent opinion poll, running campaign ads that stoke fears of immigrants spoiling an Alpine nation that's an oasis of stability in stormy Europe.

But the party's striking posters of black boots stomping on the Swiss flag with the message "Stop Mass Immigration" are competing with green parties making gains amid growing anti-nuclear power sentiment in the wake of the March disaster at Japan's Fukushima reactor.

Sunday's parliamentary election will also largely determine the composition of the Cabinet.