Prime Minister delays New Zealand election

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Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has announced that she is delaying the New Zealand election.

On Monday, Ardern said the election will be held 4 weeks later, on October 17th.

The delay will give the Electoral Commission time to reassure voters that they can vote safely.

The reemergence of the virus in Auckland last week raised questions about the election’s safety.

A number of the country’s opposition parties wanted the election date delayed. They argued that New Zealand’s election wouldn’t be a fair democratic exercise with one-third of the country’s population in partial lockdown.

Ardern spoke with all of the main political parties before making the decision.

Parliament will now start back up again and continue with debates.

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