New Zealand holds legislative elections this Saturday, in which the prime minister Jacinda Ardern It is emerging as a favorite for a second term, in a day in which two referendums are also held: on the legalization of recreational marijuana and voluntary euthanasia.
Of the 3.7 million New Zealanders called to the polls, more than 1.7 million have already cast their vote in advance.
The electoral colleges They opened at 9:00 local time (22 GMT on Friday) and are scheduled to close at 19:00 (6:00 GMT), to start with the count and publish the provisional results overnight.
According to two latest polls, Ardern’s party can win between 59 to 61 seats of the 120 that the New Zealand Parliament, so there is a possibility that Labor in Ardern could govern alone or need a new coalition with the Green Party.
He opposition National Party, led by the conservative Judith Collins, would be around 40 to 41 seats, while the nationalist New Zealand First, which is a partner in the current coalition, would win no seats.
Will burn, whose management against covid-19 has been applauded worldwide, he mainly promises to give stability and continuity to his government in the face of the country’s recovery after the recession, while Collins guarantees in his program a boost to the economy through investments and tax cuts.