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Jacinda Ardern is holding firm on the September 19 election date despite the coronavirus – but the Government and the Electoral Commission do have some options up their sleeve if things get worse

Electoral officials are investigating their options to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the election later this year, with new legislation giving them greater powers to delay voting.

However, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she had not sought any advice on a delay or alternative voting methods in the event of a prolonged outbreak.

In January, Ardern announced this year’s general election would be held on September 19 – a date which would seem under threat if restrictions on large gatherings are still in place then.

While New Zealand officials have shied away from commenting on the duration of any outbreak, Australia’s chief medical officer Brendan Murphy said it was possible infection rates would not peak in that country until “well into middle of the year”.

Although Ardern has announced the election date, it is not legally set in place and could be potentially pushed back to as late as December 12 without requiring a law change, according to legal expert Graeme Edgeler.

A longer delay would not be possible unless at least 75 percent of Parliament voted in favour of such a change.

Changes to the Electoral Amendment Act, passed earlier this month and in train before the Covid-19 pandemic, have expanded the Electoral Commission’s emergency powers to deal with disruptions to the voting process.

Previously, the commission had no ability to adjourn voting throughout New Zealand, and had to instead close polling places on an individual basis.

The amended legislation now allows the Chief Electoral Officer to close one or more polling places due to “an unforeseen or unavoidable disruption” – including one related to the issuing of an epidemic notice.

The voting process could be adjourned for an initial period of three days. The adjournment could then be extended by up to a week at a time following consultation with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, as well as “any person or organisation that in the Chief Electoral Officer’s opinion is able to give information about the scale and duration of the unforeseen or unavoidable disruption”.

The law also allows the Chief Electoral Officer to implement “alternative voting processes”, such as extending voting hours or allowing everyone to upload their ballot electronically as can be done for overseas voters.

‘No plans to change’ election date – Ardern

The Electoral Commission confirmed it was looking at the potential effects of Covid-19 on the election.

Chief Electoral Officer Alicia Wright said the commission was still focused on delivering the election and referendums on the date announced by Ardern.

However, it was “working through various scenarios to assess what the implications of Covid-19 could be for people working on the election and voting in the election”.

Asked about whether the September 19 election date was still viable given the possible duration of the pandemic, Ardern told journalists at her post-Cabinet press conference there were “no plans to change that at this time”.

“You will have seen around the world, other plans in place in other places, but that’s when their elections have had much greater proximity.”

A spokeswoman for National leader Simon Bridges declined to comment on a possible election delay, but said Bridges would address the issue later in the week.

Political commentator and National Party pollster David Farrar has floated the idea of a “government of national unity” to see New Zealand through the crisis, with the election delayed 12 months and a “Covid Cabinet” made up of both the current Government and Opposition.

While Israel is currently considering a unity government following the third in a series of unclear election results, such a move would seem unlikely here, with Ardern dismissing the idea of giving the National Party a formal role in the current coronavirus response.

“The key here is that we have to make sure we act quickly and decisively, I’m not willing to slow down that process. I do not believe however there should be politics in responding towards the global issue of Covid-19.”

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  1. Just as she won’t cancel the increases in the wages she promised everyone.
    Meanwhile two common drugs kill the virus.
    The aussies are in to it.

    No I don’t believe her.

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  2. No-one this side of a mental institution believes her & those who say they do have the globalist/socialist cause at heart.

    She is paying the price for both prevarication & outright lying. We are dragged into the mess because we cannot afford to take anything she says at face value.

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  3. Well I vote for no change, but supermarket voting should be out. If there wee special powers created they would be used to extend out more and more. As no end is in sight business as usual, maybe the Brits have it right. I guess we shall see.

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  4. Seems odd to have a billingual “Vote Here” sign when no one would be able to read the Te Reo in the first place. Even if they were a “native speaker” they would probably not have the modern synthetic vocabulary for foreign legal concepts such as “voting.”

    Virtue signalling.

    Mind you, I would almost expect the Te Reo on the sign to be in a larger, bolder font, and appear above the English.

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    • Your just being wracist. what about arabic? If anyone needs our love and understanding it is them. I see some Mulsem council is spending a million on getting their cussies to the polls to vote.
      This is a lost opportunity on Cindy’s part Other things must be taking her time.

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  5. The sooner she has a case of the Vapors, the better of NZ will be!
    Would it collapse the COL, with the resulting infighting!

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  6. Ardern is a full on liar.
    She will not change.

    She has the mannerisms and behaviour pattern of a relative I no longer connect with.

    The most telling is she gets defensive when challenged and goes on the attack.
    That is because she knows she is lying.
    If she was not lying they would realise the person they are talking to does not understand how they are explaining something and would start again.
    When they are lying, they generally go on the attack. If it was truth it may need elaboration and they guide the questioner to an answer.
    If it is a lie it must be defended. Best form of defense is…attack.
    Q. Jacinda are you likely to have a baby in your first year in office ?
    Result: Attack March Richardson.
    Also, the rest of the lying Marxist media pile in to the genuine questioner.

    A classic case of this was Bruce Judge in the mid 1980s.
    Fools were putting money into his ponzi schemes,.
    When questioned – fair questions- he would attack and question the morality of the person raising the (valid) question.
    One party I know lost a fortune to this web of deceit and they asked how I knew. I said, I already told you in July.

    Common behaviour patterns of a liar
    -Blinking
    -Sudden Head Movements
    -Saying One Thing But Doing Another
    -Fidgeting
    -Freezing
    -Touching The Face
    -Repetition
    -Trouble Speaking
    -Getting Aggressive And Pointing At You
    -Stressed Breathing
    -(Bonus) Suddenly Relaxing When You Change The Subject

    SLG’s are the head bobbing; Repetition; Fidgeting and Blinking.
    I think you have seen these with SLG.
    Source
    https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/how-spot-liar/

    another tip
    One interesting hand gesture that individuals who lie tend to use is the rogatory position, or speaking with their palms faced up. People tend to do this when they want you to believe what they’re saying. It’s like supplicating in prayer. People who tell the truth don’t need to ask to be believed, so they won’t take on the rogatory position, and their palms will be facing down.

    Ardern would have made a crap commission only encyclopedia salesperson.
    Ordinary people without the propping up of lying marxist media would see her for who she is and slam the door.
    It was so nice of that Mr Peters to give her this Part Time, well paid job opportunity that would have otherwise been out of reach!!
    We can see via her actions she thanks Mr Peters in many ways and forgives his shortcomings as he forgives her.
    That’s nice, Dear.

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