Tuesday, October 20, 2020

New Zealand heads to the polls

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Millions in New Zealanders are heading to the polls in the country’s general elections.

The vote was originally due to be in September, but was postponed by a month after a renewed Covid-19 outbreak.

Opinion polls put Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on course to win a second term, boosted by her successful handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

However the big question now is whether she will win a parliamentary majority, which would be unprecedented.

No party has won an outright majority in New Zealand since it introduced a parliamentary system known as Mixed Member Proportional representation (MMP) in 1996.