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Jacinda Ardern eyes majority as New Zealand votes

Added 10-17-20 04:04:03am EST - “All eyes are on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, whose Labour Party is on course to win comfortably.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Jacinda Ardern eyes majority as New Zealand votes”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Early results 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.

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

However, at question is whether the Labour Party could win an outright majority. No party has managed to do so in New Zealand since it introduced a parliamentary system known as Mixed Member Proportional representation (MMP) in 1996.

With more than 30% of ballots tallied, Ms Ardern's Labour Party has taken around 50% of the vote, according to the Electoral Commission. This would give them more than half the seats in the national parliament.

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