On Sunday, November 19, the New Zealand public will go to the polls to decide the direction for the country and future prosperity. This will be the third general election held since Jacinda Ardern’s historic election in 2017.
The different parties in Parliament also have different ideologies that indicate which way they will choose to go.
Here is an overview of who will be going to the polls on November 19:
The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, currently leads the Labour Party and will be facing of a major challenge from National’s Andrew Little. Both parties agree on the four main pillars of government: economic stability, equality, development, and society.
Formerly, Ardern’s party was more moderate. In 2017, they made the decision to move towards the center of politics and achieve more left-wing policies. To go further into the future, they needed to let Labour’s democratic members of parliament make the decision for the country’s future.
While the government’s main policies center on a wider income gap and increased pay for teachers, children and low-income earners, the main campaign focus is the country’s decision to leave the European Union, which has been heavily debated and debated.
The election on Sunday was called after the New Zealand Electoral Commission last month put the date for the national vote forward from 2020 to November 2019 due to lack of ballot papers for the September 2018 general election, which the ruling National Party won for a second time.
The ruling National Party has had control of the government for the past eight years, but that is about to change. Following the tight election in 2017, which Labour won, they had to form a government with a coalition of parties.