National returns its majorities
As the nation woke on Sunday to an amazing MMP result in the general election, in which both centre-right and centre-left political alliances are claiming victory and the negotiations to form the next government commence, there hasn’t been a noticeable swing away from the incumbents in East Auckland electorates.
The parliamentary seats of Pakuranga, Botany and Hunua have stayed safe National-held electorates, with clear majorities in the party and candidate votes.
Across Auckland, like in the previous three general elections, National has held the majority of party votes and the electorates.
Nationally, the MMP scenario plays out - with 46 per cent of the election night result, National is in a clear lead as the highestpolling party, with a projected 58 seats.
Yet it’s in the position of potentially being without a coalition party to get them to the 61 seats needed to be a majority government, even with the ACT Party’s one, unless New Zealand First and its leader Winston Peters and his caucus agree to work with Bill English and his National team.
Those discussions, as English signalled in his speech late on Saturday night, start soon, while Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern and Green Party leader James Shaw also extended respectful invitations to Peters to discuss forming a grand coalition representing the call for change of government.
Before 300,000 special votes are counted, Labour has 35.8 per cent and 45 seats, the Greens have 5.8 per cent and seven seats, and would also need NZ First’s 7.5 per cent and nine seats to join them to have a centre-left led government.