Daily US Times: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has won a landslide victory in New Zealand’s general election.
Ms Ardern’s centre-left Labour Party has won 49% of the vote, as most ballots tallied and she is projected to win a rare outright parliamentary majority.
The opposition centre-right National Party, currently on 27%, has already admitted defeat.
The election was originally due to be in September but was postponed by a month after a renewed coronavirus outbreak.
The polls opened at 09:00 local time (20:00 GMT Friday) and closed at 19:00.
More than a million voters cast votes in early polling which opened up on 3 October.
Voters were also asked to vote in two referendums alongside the general election.
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The Labour Party are on 49% of the vote, followed by the National Party on 27%, according to the Electoral Commission.
Election commission data shows ACT New Zealand and Green parties on 8%.
After the victory, Ms Ardern told her supporters: “New Zealand has shown the Labour Party its greatest support in almost 50 years.”
“We will not take your support for granted. And I can promise you we will be a party that governs for every New Zealander,” she added.
Judith Collins, the leader of National Party, has congratulated Ms Ardern and promised her party would be a “robust opposition”.
She said: “Three years will be gone in the blink of an eye,” referring to the next scheduled election. “We will be back.”