New Zealand elections delayed by four weeks due to coronavirus pandemic | World news


New Zealand’s general election has been delayed for four weeks, the country’s prime minister said.

Jacinda Ardern said that the Coronavirus pandemic makes it more difficult for parties to campaign.

The country the election was originally scheduled to take place on September 19.

Jacinda Ardern announces Auckland will go into lockdown after a cluster of cases is identified.

“After weighing all these factors and taking broad polls, I decided overall to postpone the election for four weeks until October 17,” she said at a press conference Monday morning, local hour.

“At the end of the day, October 17… gives parties enough time to plan for the range of circumstances in which we are going to campaign. ”

She had been pressured to postpone the vote, after a small resurgence of the coronavirus in Auckland. As of Sunday, there were 69 active cases in the country.

New Zealand was previously coronavirus-free for 102 days.

Auckland, the country’s largest city, has been diving back in a lock after discovery of the cluster of cases, people being asked to stay home.

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The country’s Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters had called for a postponement, as had the main opposition – the National Party.

The National Party had delayed events in the run-up to elections due to changes in crowd number restrictions and accused Ms Ardern of using the COVID-19 outbreak to bolster her support.


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