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By delaying the New Zealand election Jacinda Ardern appears magnanimous and conciliatory – The Guardian

Keeping the date while her own party’s polling was sky-high would have looked like self-interest; instead she has been praised for her leadership



At its heart, democracy is about participation. And yet, there have been serious questions about the quality and quantity of public engagement expected in this years general election, given the Covid-19 crisis overshadowing everything at the moment in New Zealand. Prime minister Jacinda Ardern has therefore made the right decision to delay the election by a month.
Voter turnout has been trending downwards in recent decades, hitting a low point in 2011 of only 69.6% of eligible voters. Its plaus…

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