New Zealand ruling Labor Party wins landslide victory: preliminary results

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, also the leader of Labor Party, gives a speech during the Election Night 2020 in Auckland on Oct. 17, 2020. (Xinhua Photo/Guo Lei)

The ongoing New Zealand election vote counts showed the ruling Labor Party won a landslide victory on Saturday, with Jacinda Ardern set to serve a second term as prime minister, preliminary results showed.

With more than 98 percent of the votes counted, the Labor Party won 49 percent of the vote, which transfer to 64 seats in the 120-member Congress in a Mixed-Member Proportional voting system, with the opposition National Party lagging behind at 27 percent, or 35 seats, according to the Electoral Commission.

Ardern thanked her supporters, saying the work started tomorrow. National Party leader Judith Collins conceded defeat.

Meanwhile, Collins said she promises the National Party "will be a robust opposition" to push the government to do better for New Zealanders.

"We will take time to reflect and we will review and we will change," she said, adding the National Party will "reemerge from this loss a stronger, disciplined and more connected party."

New Zealanders went to the polls on Saturday for the 2020 General Election and referendums, which were postponed by almost a month due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Auckland, the country's largest city.

Votes in the two referendums on end of life choice and cannabis will not be counted on election night. Preliminary referendum results will be released on Oct. 30, and the official results of the election and referendums will be released on Nov. 6, according to the Electoral Commission.

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