August 16, 2020
Pressure on to delay election
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will this morning confirm whether the election will go ahead on September 19.
There are calls for a delay not just from National, which looks set to lose a big chunk of its caucus on current polling, but also from coalition partner New Zealand First.
Party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says the latest COVID-19 outbreak means it is not possible to conduct a free and fair election on the set date, and it should be put off until November 21.
He says parties will only have six days to campaign before overseas polling starts on September 2.
He also expressed concern about whether the system can cope with the large number of postal votes expected is Level 2 conditions stay in place.
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