Written by News 1st
20 Sep, 2014 | 9:45 am
Two of the major players in the upcoming New Zealand election – Prime Minister John Key (left), Labour Party leader David Cunliffe.
Voters in New Zealand have begun voting after what is being called the dirtiest campaign in the nation’s history.
Until very recently Prime Minister John Key looked set to easily win a third term.
But in recent weeks he has been forced to defend his National Party against allegations of dirty politics and planning mass domestic surveillance.
Mr Key’s personal popularity, however, remains strong among voters, polls show.
On Friday, a New Zealand Herald poll showed the National Party had 48% support. The main opposition Labour Party held 26%, with 11% for the Greens.
New Zealand’s proportional representation electoral system means a coalition government is more likely than any one party winning a majority.
My Key might be forced to rely on New Zealand First’s leader, Winston Peters, to form a government. Mr Peters, who has been in this position before, has not said which way his party will go.
Labour would need to form a coalition with the Greens, their old ally, New Zealand First and potentially the Internet-Mana Party which has been funded by Kim Dotcom, the online billionaire accused of copyright infringement in the US.
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