New Zealand Election: Jacinda Ardern scores landslide victory
Published: 06:19 PM, 17 October 2020 Updated: 08:36 PM, 17 October 2020
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has won a landslide victory in the New Zealand general election. She is set to return to power for a second term through winning in Saturday’s election.
Analysts claim that the people have re-elected her as the Prime Minister because of his great success in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Electoral Commission, two-thirds of the votes were counted; out of which 49.2% of the votes were received for the Labor Party of Ardern. On the other hand, National Party led by conservative leader Judith Collins has earned 27% vote.
This is the first time in New Zealand that a party has won so many seats since the country introduced “mixed-member proportional representation” in 1996.
Ardern said, “New Zealand has shown the Labour Party its greatest support in almost 50 years.”
“We will not take your support for granted. And I can promise you we will be a party that governs for every New Zealander,” she said.
National Party leader Judith Collins has congratulated Ms. Ardern and promised her party would be a “robust opposition”.
“Three years will be gone in the blink of an eye,” she said, referring to the next scheduled election. “We will be back.”
The vote was earlier scheduled in September but postponed by a month after a renewed Covid-19 outbreak.
New Zealand law restricts media coverage and political advertising while polls are open. It also does not allow exit polling, so the first results are only released after polls close.