2008 Election Results – Overall Results

Party

Party Votes

% of all Party Votes

% of effective party vote

National

1,053,398

44.93%

48.08%

Labour

796,880

33.99%

36.37%

Greens

157,613

6.72%

7.19%

ACT

85,496

3.65%

3.90%

Maori

55,980

2.39%

2.55%

Progressive

21,241

0.91%

0.97%

United Future

20,497

0.87%

0.94%

SUB-TOTAL

2,191,105

93.40%

100.00%

NZ First

95,356

4.07%

Bill & Ben

13,016

0.56%

Kiwi

12,755

0.54%

Legalise Cannabis

9,515

0.41%

Pacific

8,640

0.37%

Family

8,176

0.35%

Alliance

1,909

0.08%

Democrats

1,208

0.05%

Libertarianz

1,176

0.05%

Workers

932

0.04%

RAM

465

0.02%

Republic of NZ

313

0.01%

TOTAL

2,344,566

100.00%

Right

1,138,894

48.58%

Centre

76,477

3.26%

Left

975,734

41.62%

R – L

163,160

6.96%

National is I think the first party to ever get more than one million votes – around 164,000 more than in 2005. Labour got around 138,000 fewer votes than in 2008. The Greens got 37,000 more than 2005 but their percentage of the votes is less than what they got in 2002.

There was a very large 6.6% wasted vote. This saw National’s 44.9% of the total vote become 48.1% of the effective vote, and hence they got 58 seats.

The Bill & Ben Party beat all the other non parliamentary parties, except NZ First. Neither Kiwi, Family nor Pacific make 1%, let alone close to 5%.

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