Politics : New Zealand's prime minister delays election over coronavirus fears

New Zealand's prime minister delays election over coronavirus fears

The prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, has postponed the country's general election by a month amid a spike in coronavirus cases.

The vote was due to take place on 19 September but will now be held on 17 October instead.

Ms Ardern said on Monday that the new date would allow parties "to plan around the range of circumstances we will be campaigning under".

Earlier this week, the country's largest city went back into lockdown.

"This decision gives all parties time over the next nine weeks to campaign and the Electoral Commission enough time to ensure an election can go ahead," Ms Ardern said, adding that she had "absolutely no intention" of allowing any further delays to the vote.

The opposition National Party has argued the election should be delayed as restrictions on campaigning mean Ms Ardern had an unfair advantage.

Restrictions were imposed on Auckland on Wednesday after a number of new infections were identified in the city.

Nine new coronavirus cases were confirmed on Monday, bringing the number of active cases linked to the Auckland cluster to 58.

The outbreak was initially traced back to members of one family, although Ms Ardern later said that subsequent contact-tracing had found an earlier case involving a shop worker who became sick on 31 July.

A health official who knew the family told the New Zealand Herald that the family were "shell-shocked" and "a little embarrassed that it had happened to them".

The announcement that new cases had been discovered shocked the country, which had recorded no locally transmitted cases for more than three months.

There are four "alert levels" in New Zealand, and Auckland has been on Level 3 since the new measures were announced. The rest of the country is on Level 2.

Before the new cluster was identified, the government had lifted almost all of its lockdown restrictions, which were first imposed in March.

New Zealand has reported more than 1,600 infections and 22 deaths since the pandemic began, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

An early lockdown, tough border restrictions, effective health messaging and an aggressive test-and-trace programme had all been credited with virtually eliminating the virus in the country.

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Yet President Trump was insulted for suggesting our election be delayed…

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Of course he was! He'd be viciously attacked by the corrupt MSM if he cured the Chinese Flu!

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😺 Schrodinger's Cat walks into a bar, and doesn't. 🤨 President Trump is a courageous FIGHTER and a HERO, and will CRUSH Biden in Nov!

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Wait until you see Trump say that the elections mustn't be delayed. The press will 180 like they've been doing these past 4 years laugh.gif

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Re: New Zealand's prime minister delays election over coronavirus fears

So you geniuses realize that NZ operates as a parliamentary system, without a fixed day for an election, and that the Prime Minister just needs to hold the election within a certain timeframe, which in this case is November 21st?

Re: New Zealand's prime minister delays election over coronavirus fears

And not to mention it wasn't just Democrats who were applauded by Trump's suggestion to delay the election. Conservatives were calling for his impeachment. There was across the board outrage.

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The moral of the story? Never get blase about being free of this virus, because it will come back and bite you up your ass.

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You need to rise up against this tyranny, nzer! Tear down your tyrannical government and erect a new order that stands for freedom and brotherly love!

“Anyway” - Joe Biden

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freedom and brotherly love!

We don't do legal incest in NZ yet.

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Racist!

“Anyway” - Joe Biden

Re: New Zealand's prime minister delays election over coronavirus fears

New Zealanders need to storm the capitol building and apprehend this brigand, tie her up, and then mercilessly tickle her for days on end.

“Anyway” - Joe Biden
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