Prime Minister Bill English has announced that the general election will be held on September 23rd.
He’s following the example of his predecessor John Key who announced the date early.
This gives certainty for everyone about when the regulated period before election day starts, makes it easier for the people who administer the process and takes the politics out of setting the date.
September 23rd is the first day of school holidays but with the freedom for anyone to vote early that shouldn’t be a problem.
He also spoke of which parties National could work with in the next term should it be in a position to lead a fourth government:
“Under MMP elections are always close so we will be taking nothing for granted as we campaign for the right to lead New Zealand for another term,” says Mr English.
“We will be fighting hard to win every party vote to ensure we are in the best possible position to form a strong and stable Government that continues to deliver for all New Zealanders.
“However, MMP means we will almost certainly have to work with other parties. This will likely be in the form of confidence and supply agreements, which have worked well for us in the last three terms.”
Mr English said his preference is to continue working with current partners – ACT, United Future and the Māori Party.
“Together our parties have provided a stable and successful government at a time of great uncertainty in many parts of the world,” says Mr English.
Mr English ruled out working with the Labour-Greens grouping.
“They are an increasingly far left, inward looking grouping, with no new ideas who don’t back New Zealanders to succeed.
“New Zealand First is an unlikely partner, however I am prepared to have discussions with them post-election depending on the makeup of Parliament,” says Mr English.