Nov. 27, 2011, midnight
Voters in New Zealand returned the center-right National party to power on Sunday, giving them 60 seats in the 121-seat parliament. National, led by Prime Minister John KEY, captured 48 percent of the vote while the main opposition Labour Party garnered 27 percent. In addition to parliamentary elections, voters cast ballots on a national referendum to determine the country’s electoral system. The first question in the referendum asked voters if they wished to retain their current mixed member proportional (MMP) electoral system. The second question asked if they were to change to another voting system, which system they prefer. Fifty-four percent of voters opted to keep the current MMP system.