Ardern is postponing the New Zealand elections to October 17 because of the regrowth in Auckland

Although postponing the elections is an exclusive responsibility of the prime minister’s position, Ardern stated that the decision was taken after consulting with the rest of the country’s political forces due to the exceptional nature of the current situation.

Earlier this week, New Zealand health officials registered their first cases of local transmission after 102 days of no count. Shortly thereafter, a dozen other infections related to this outbreak were confirmed, which were identified in a family in Auckland.

The new election date, which was originally scheduled for September 19th, has meant that the parliament will not be dissolved until October 6th.

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