The referendum results from the recent election have been revealed.
The euthanasia referendum has passed the public vote, with 65.2% voting in favour.
However, in the cannabis question, ‘yes’ received 46.1% of the vote so far, compared to 53.1% of ‘no’ votes.
At this stage around half a million votes still to be counted, New Zealand will need to wait until next Friday for full and final results.
The End of Life Choice – or euthanasia – referendum was based on a member’s bill put forward by ACT leader David Seymour. The bill had already passed through Parliament, on the proviso that the referendum held at the election supports it.
Final results for the referendums and the election are due when the special votes are counted on 6 November. Special votes include post-in and overseas votes, and votes made by people who enrolled after 13 September. It also includes prisoners in prison.