TASS, October 17. New Zealand's center-right National Party leader Judith Collins has acknowledged the Labor Party victory of incumbent Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Saturday's parliamentary elections. This was reported by Agence France-Presse (AFP).
Collins said she had already called Ardern to congratulate her. "This is an outstanding result for the Labor Party," added the defeated candidate.
Ardern herself, according to Reuters, also announced the victory of Labor. “New Zealand has expressed the greatest support for the Labor Party in nearly 50 years. <...> I can promise that we will become a party that rules in the interests of every New Zealander, "she said.
Voting in the national parliamentary elections and a referendum on the legalization of marijuana and euthanasia ended Saturday in New Zealand. After processing 10% of the ballots, the New Zealand Labor Party, led by incumbent Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, received 50.2% of the vote. In second place with 26% is the National Party of New Zealand, which has remained in opposition for the past three years. Also among the leaders of the vote are the Green Party and the AST Party, which received 8.2% and 7.7% of the votes, respectively.
It is expected that the preliminary results of the voting after processing 95% of the ballots will be announced by the electoral commission at 23:30 local time (13:30 Moscow time), and the official results of the elections and the referendum will be announced on November 6.
The New Zealand Parliament is elected for a three-year term by universal secret ballot in a mixed system of single-member constituencies and party lists. 3.77 million people have the right to vote, 92.4% of voters registered to vote, that is, 3.4 million people. This year 566 candidates from 17 parties and 35 self-nominated candidates competed for 120 seats in the national parliament. In order to gain seats in parliament, parties must overcome the five percent barrier, and candidates must receive a majority of the votes in their constituency.