Rreschedule election on October 17,
New Zealand PM delay election by four weeks amid coronavirus pandemic virus return.
The election was scheduled for September 19
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday delayed New Zealand’s looming election by four weeks to October 17 after the spike of renewed coronavirus outbreak hampered campaigning.
As per under New Zealand law, Jacinda Ardern had the option of delaying the election for up to about two months.
New Zealand is currently battling a return of COVID-19 which last week forced the country’s largest city Auckland into lockdown and ended 102 days without community transmission.
Ardern came under pressure to change the date after all parties suspended campaigning in the wake of last week’s outbreak, the source of which remains unknown.