Sept. 26, 2014, 12:41 p.m.
The election for the 120 seats in the House of Representatives in New Zealand was held on Saturday 20 September 2014. Located in the Pacific, New Zealand has a population of 4,401,916 with approximately 3,500,000 registered voters.[i] Preliminary results have the governing center-right National Party winning 48 percent of the vote or 61 seats in parliament.[ii] The opposition Labour Party won 25 percent of the vote or 32 seats in parliament, the Green Party won only 10 percent of the vote or 13 seats in parliament.[iii] Turnout for the election was approximately 77 percent.[iv] Thus, the National party and its leader, Prime Minister John KEY, will serve a third term in office. The campaign prior to the election was marred by the National Party using a right wing blog to attack opponents (it cost the Justice Minister her job) and accusations of mass data collecting by the government (which prime minister KEY denied). The Electoral Commission states that official (final) results will be available by Saturday 4 October 2014.[v]