Municipal politics

The institutions are characterised by a legal form that legitimises them. They are required to ensure the continuity of regulations and customs over time. They identify the primary objectives of local policy, in the sense that the latter leads to reflection on the duties of the institutions and on their proposed modification (reform) in keeping with the changing cultural and economic circumstances of a society. The institutions represent a historical reference point for a community. They are the tools through which our community is administered and by means of which it discusses and decides which paths to follow, ensuring that duties of collective interest are carried out and interpreted correctly.


  • The municipal institutions were founded in the late eighteenth century with the French Revolution. They marked the start of the history of the modern municipality (1803, Mediation Act), based on the expansion of the concept of citizenship and, therefore, representation.
  • The patriciates revived the legacy of the old vicinie (assemblies), which governed the city before the advent of the municipality. Today they testify to and ensure the preservation of historical memories.
  • Political parties are voluntary associations of citizens that, thanks to their members and their organisation, ensure the functioning of the municipal institutions and the sharing of ideas, which is indispensable to life in a democracy.

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Municipal chancery
Riva da Sant Antoni 10
CH-6922 Morcote
Tel. +41 91 986 00 00

Opening hours

Mon 14.00 - 17.00
Tue 08.00 - 12.00 / 14.00 - 18.00
Wed 14.00 - 17.00
Thu 14.00 - 17.00
Fri 14.00 - 16.00