New Zealand kingmaker bides his time
14 The leader of the New Zealand First party, who emerged as kingmaker after an inconclusive election, has said no decisions would be made on coalition partners until after the final tally of votes is released on Saturday.
“I can’t with any intelligence … tell you what we’re going to do until we’ve seen all the facts,” Winston Peters told a press conference.
Special votes, which include ballots from overseas voters and those who vote outside their home constituencies, account for 15% of total votes. While they are not expected to change the result, with the ruling National party ahead with a comfortable 10-point lead, they could add seats to a possible Labour-Green coalition, making New Zealand First more comfortable to opt for them, despite the fact they did not win the largest number of seats.