Countries that have delayed elections due to Covid-19

  1. Anguilla
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Argentina
  5. Armenia
  6. Bangladesh
  7. Bolivia
  8. Bosnia
  9. Botswana
  10. Bougainville
  11. Brazil
  12. Cameroon
  13. Canada
  14. Chad
  15. Chile
  16. Colombia
  17. Czech Republic
  18. Ethiopa
  19. Falkland Islands
  20. France
  21. French Guiana
  22. Gabon
  23. Gambia
  24. Germany
  25. Ghana
  26. Gibraltar
  27. Guernsey
  28. Hong Kong
  29. India
  30. Indonesia
  31. Iran
  32. Isle of Man
  33. Italy
  34. Kenya
  35. Kiribati
  36. Kosovo
  37. Kyrgyzstan
  38. Latvia
  39. Liberia
  40. Libya
  41. Maldives
  42. Mexico
  43. Moldova
  44. Montenegro
  45. New Caledonia
  46. Nigeria
  47. North Macedonia
  48. Northern Cyprus
  49. Oman
  50. Pakistan
  51. Paraguay
  52. Peru
  53. Poland
  54. Romania
  55. Russia
  56. Serbia
  57. Slovakia
  58. Solomon Islands
  59. Somalia
  60. South Africa
  61. Spain
  62. Sri Lanka
  63. Switzerland
  64. Syria
  65. Tunisia
  66. Uganda
  67. United Kingdom
  68. United States (26 states or territories)
  69. Uruguay
  70. Zambia
  71. Zimbabwe

This is a real test for the Prime Minister about whether she is making decisions for the public good or Labour’s good.

If the election is not delayed, voting starts in just 19 days. A third of the population is in Level 3 lockdown and the rest of NZ may follow. All political parties and candidates have suspended their campaigns. There is no door knocking. There are no public meetings. There can be no campaign launches. Rest homes are locked down. Schools are closed. Most people (in Auckland) can’t go to work.

71 other countries have decided that you want elections to be held at a time when you can maximise turnout, and decided to delay their elections. Labour for years has said it is vital to make it as easy as possible for people to vote and pushed through law changes allowing same day enrolment and voting etc.

So the decision to be made by the Prime Minister is a very important one, that will tell us a lot about Labour’s priorities.

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