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For those readers who aren’t in New Zealand: we vote with two ticks: one for a local candidate and one for a political party. Our voting system is MMP — Mixed Member Proportional:
Each voter has two votes …
… a party vote and an electorate vote.
Your party vote …
… helps decide how many seats each party gets in parliament.
Every voter in every general and every Māori electorate has the same selection of parties to choose from.
The government will be formed by one or more parties with the support of enough seats to win important votes in parliament.
Parliament is currently made up of 62 general and 7 Māori electorate seats, plus 51 seats allocated from party lists, giving a total of 120 seats.
Your electorate vote …
… helps decide who becomes your local MP.
Each electorate has a different selection of candidates to choose from.
Electorate candidates can include independents and candidates from parties not contesting the party vote.
The candidate who gets the most votes wins the seat.
In a few hours time polls close and we’ll start seeing the results that will determine New Zealand’s direction for the next 3 years.