Auckland, Aug 24: New Zealand goes to parliamentary polls on September 23, with voting to be held to elect the new Parliament. Out of the 120 parliamentary seats, 49 would be contested using the first past-the-post-system, whereas, the remnant 71 would be contested using the mixed proportional method of representation.
Electioneering is underway across the nation in fu swing, as the poll battle remains evenly poised between the ruling National party and the prime opposition – Labour. As the pre-poll surveys so far, National party holds a slim edge moving into the polls. However, the margin of advantage may disallow the Bill English-language outfit to form the government for a fourth time in a row.
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In the 2014 Parliamentary Elections, National secured a total of 59 seats, one short of the majority mark. It succeeded in forming a minority government with support from Mauro, ACT and United Front, adding a total of 4 seats to its tally.
Since the past 4 general elections, which were held under the revised electoral law, New Zealand has not witnessed a majority government in power with one party securing the halfway mark.
Despite the challenge posed by ruling National party, the Opposition units refrained from forming pre-poll alliance. However, the prospects of the parties uniting after the elections remain intact.