Jacinda Ardern has won the second term as New Zealand’s Prime in today’s general election.
Jacinda’s handling of coronavirus pandemic helped secure majority of seats.
According to the international news agency, Ardern’s center-left Labor Party has won 48.9% of the vote as 87% of the votes counted. The score means her party looks likely to gain the highest results that any party has achieved in New Zealand.
“Tonight, New Zealand has shown the Labor Party its greatest support in at least 50 years,” Ardern said in a powerful victory speech on Saturday night where she referred to the difficult times ahead for New Zealand. “And I can promise you: we will be a party that governs for every New Zealander.”
No single party has won a majority of votes under the ongoing system. As per the recent details, the opposition party, the center-right National Party, is on 27% — down on last election’s 44%. On the other hand, labor picked a significant boost on last election’s 37% while its current coalition partner the Green Party is sitting on 7.6%, upon the last election’s 6.3%.
National leader Judith Collins said she called Ardern to concede defeat and congratulate Ardern on an “outstanding result” for the Labor Party.
Voting for the general election had begun in New Zealand on Saturday morning.
As per the details, Labor Party leader Jacinda Ardern, 40, and National Party chief Collins, 61, are the faces of the election to form the country’s 53rd parliament.
Polling booths welcomed voters at 9 am local time on Saturday. The polls will be closed at 7 pm local time. Several voters had already cast their ballots in advance.
After the closure, the Election Commission is likely to start releasing preliminary results. Various restrictions are in place.
According to the international news agency, more than 1.7 million ballots had already been cast as of Friday, accounting for almost half of the about 3.5 million New Zealanders on the electoral rolls.