New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (L) and National leader Judith Collins participate in a televised debate at TVNZ in Auckland, New Zealand, September 22, 2020. Fiona Goodall/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
New Zealanders are voting today in a general election to determine if Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will strengthen her left-of-centre hold on government, or succumb to a challenge from conservatives led by Judith Collins.
Labour Party leader Ms Ardern, 40, and National Party leader Ms Collins, 61, are the faces of the election to form the country’s 53rd Parliament, a pandemic-focused referendum on Ms Ardern’s initial three-year term.
Doors to the polling booths opened at 9am today, though a record number of voters had already cast their ballots in advance.
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