Jacinda Ardern eyes majority as New Zealand heads to polls
October 17, 2020 10:38 am
Millions in New Zealand 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.
But 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.
Voting opened at 09:00 local time (20:00 GMT Friday) and will end at 19:00.
More than a million people have already voted in early polling which opened up on 3 October.
New Zealanders are also being asked to vote in two referendums alongside the general election vote.