General elections in New Zealand, Jacinda’s eye on majority | General elections in New Zealand, Jacinda’s eye on majority

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Wellington, 17 October (IANS). Millions of voters turned to polling stations on Saturday in the New Zealand general election. Prime Minister Jasinda Ardern is eyeing a majority for her second term.

The election was earlier scheduled to be held on 19 September, but was postponed due to the second wave of Kovid-19.

The last parliamentary election was held on September 23, 2017, as reported by Xinhua. The parliament was dissolved on 6 September, to officially pave the way for elections.

Polling stations across the country will open at 9 am and close at 7 pm.

More than 10 lakh people have already voted in the initial polling that began on 3 October.

The preliminary results of the general election will be released after the voting ends at 7 pm on Saturday.

According to the commission, election results will be given priority and the votes recorded in the two referendums on Saturday night will not be counted.

The results of the preliminary referendum will be released on 30 October and the official results of the election and referendum will be released on 6 November.

According to the BBC report, in the meantime, considering the opinion poll, Jasinda could be in office for the second time with a majority. This possibility has increased with the success of his campaign to recover from the Coronavirus outbreak.

However, since the inception of the parliamentary system known as Mixed Member Proprietary Representative (MMP) in 1996, no party has won a unilateral majority in New Zealand.

Professor Jennifer Curtin of the University of Auckland told the BBC that there have been similar situations in the past, where a leader was most likely to win a majority, but this did not happen.

He said, when John Key was the leader, the Opinion poll raised his chances on his 50 percent vote, but it did not happen.

MNS / SGK

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