New Zealand Unveils Final Election Results With Coalition Government Pending

Last update: 07/10/2017

WELLINGTON, Oct 7 (Bernama) -- New Zealand Electoral Commission declared the official results for the 2017 general election here on Saturday while a winner is still pending after the Sept 23 elections left the ruling party and opposition coalition in a draw, China's Xinhua News Agency reported.

The revised results after counting special votes showed that the ruling National Party has lost two seats settling at 56 to opposition Labour Party and its staunch ally Green Party that has 54 seats now in the 120 seat Parliament.

The deuce leaves the far-right New Zealand First Party the kingmaker in the competition, as the 72-year-old veteran politician Winston Peters with nine seats in the Parliament enjoyed the power to manoeuver the whole game as of now.

Popular views believed Peters would choose National Party eventually, given the voters' say, though he started negotiations with both sides this week in an insouciant manner.

However, a 56-54 result may have freed Peters from the risk of the offending majority will of voters, making Labour Party's leader Jacinda Ardern's chance to organize the next government a possibility.....