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New Zealand Prime Minister Jesinda Ardern on Sunday announced the extension of the general election time in the country.
- Elections will now be held on October 17 instead of September 19; The process of dissolution of Parliament will be completed on 6 September
- Prime Minister Jesinda Ardern said- Election Commission has said that now there will be no need to change the date of election
The date of the general election has been extended due to a coronavirus infection in New Zealand. Prime Minister Jensida Ardern announced this on Sunday. He said- New cases of infection were reported in Auckland last week. The return of Coronavirus before the election campaign begins is a matter of concern. After discussing with the Election Commission and leaders of other parties, I have decided to extend the election date by four weeks. Now elections will be held on October 17. It was necessary to do so in view of the growing transition in the country.
September 19 was first set for the general election in New Zealand. The process of dissolution of Parliament was to be completed on 6 August. However, this could not happen. The Parliament session will start from Tuesday and the Parliament will be dissolved on 6 September. It is necessary to complete this process before conducting general elections in the country.
No need to extend the date now: Jasinda
Prime Minister Ardern said – Election Commission has said that elections can be held safely on the new date. Now there will be no need to change its date. I want the election to be done well. All voters get a chance to get the correct information about the parties and their candidates. After all, it is the interests of voters and democracy that matter most to us. The Election Commission is considering several options to get the election done. A plan can also be chalked out for voting in level two and level three lockdowns.
Opposition parties supported the decision
Opposition parties in the country have supported the Prime Minister's decision to extend the election date. Opposition National Party leader Judith Collins said that a democratic election is always in the interest of the country. We also have to deal with the second wave of the Corona epidemic. It would be right to hold elections at a time when all parties can explain their policy to the people and also there is no risk to the health of the people. New Zealand First Party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, who is part of Arden's coalition, has also described it as the right step.
102 days later there were new cases of infection in the country
New Zealand had 102 new cases of corona infection for the first time on 11 August. Four people from the same family were found infected. Prime Minister Ardern then announced a 12-day lockdown in Auckland. Earlier in March, strict lockdown was implemented here. So far, 1622 cases have been reported in the country and 22 people have died. New Zealand had a 4-level alert system that prevented the epidemic from spreading in the country for more than three months.
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