Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New Zealand Elections set for 26 November 2011.

New Zealanders will go to the polls to elect their Members of Parliament on the 26th of November 2011.

The date was announced by Prime Minister John Key during a press conference earlier today.

When making the announcement Mr. Key said that the elections will be about building stronger growth, building greater value for money in public services, and building a safer New Zealand.

He also ruled out any chances of his National Party making any alliances with the Winston Peters-led New Zealand First Party.

New Zealand has a Mixed Member Proportion representation (MMP) system, where individual Members are voted through a simple first-past-the-post voting system and the proportion of party representation in parliament is decided through a proportional voting system through which List MPs are selected.

The life of Parliament in New Zealand is three years. The last general elections was held in 2008.

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