New Zealand Election: Jacinda Ardern Wins a Rare Outright Majority

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

Jacinda Ardern Eyes Majority As New Zealand Heads To Polls
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Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand has won a rare outright majority in Saturday’s general election. With votes tallied, she has won a whopping 49 percent of vote. Meanwhile, the rival National Party had managed to win 27 percent vote, and has accepted the defeat.

Originally, the elections were scheduled in September, but due to the pandemic outbreak, Jacinda Ardern postponed the polls by a month. On Saturday, the polls across the country opened at 9 AM Friday and ended at 7 PM local time.

Thanks to the PM Jacinda Ardern’s handling of the pandemic, she managed to bag a very rare majority. Since New Zealand introduced the parliamentary system in 1996, no political party has managed to win the majority in the parliament.

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According to the official data, more than a million people have already voted in early voting, which opened on October 3. Furthermore, New Zealanders were also asked to vote in two referendums alongside the parliamentary elections.

Many political experts are seeing her Victory as historic, especially given that the New Zealand’s voters are a little tricky as 30% of the vote is cast in favor of small parties that hardly manage to make to the parliament.

But before the results came out many were predicting that the Labor Party would need to form a government with its previous coalition partner, the Green Party, that helped Labor in the 2017 elections. But it seems they won’t be needing them to form a government.

Ardern’s approval ratings have skyrocketed, and experts attribute this to her handling of the pandemic. But if it was not for the coronavirus outbreak, there was a wave of general anger among the public as many think that she failed to deliver on her promises. Most importantly, she managed to make very little progress in solving the housing crisis and ending Child poverty.

For her next term in office, Ardern has vowed to boost funding for disadvantaged schools, instill more climate-friendly policies, as well as raise taxes on the top-earning two percent population.

Meanwhile, Judith Collins, Arden’s political rival who was looking forward to oust her in the polls had said that it would increase investment and funding in the infrastructure development, temporarily reduce taxes, and pay down debt. However, she has congratulated Ardern and vowed to be an effective opposition, saying that three years will end soon.

But the main difference between the two parties is their leadership and their style  Ardern has a more empathetic way of dealing with the issues, while Collins is her contrast.

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