Voter turnout for Election 2011 was very poor with over a quarter of available voters not turning up to vote. In what was an interesting New Zealand political election 2011, the key results of the night before special votes (The Electoral Commission said there were an estimated 240,247 special declaration votes yet to be counted, accounting for 10.7 per cent of the total vote. They include an estimated 19,527 overseas votes.) have been taken into account are:
National 60 seats
Labour 34 seats
Green Party 13 seats
New Zealand First 8 seats
Maori Party 3 seats
ACT 1 seat
United First 1 seat
Despite being snubbed by the media at the start of the campaign, Winston Peters is back in a big way with New Zealand First taking 6.8% of the vote and gaining 8 seats. In typical Winston style, when Guyon Espiner (on the TVNZ Q & A TV show) asked, “why do you think it is that after three years you got back last night?” he answered;
WINSTON Well, it wouldn’t be your polls, for a start, because they were 700% out again at the start of the campaign and the result.
GUYON Look, I’m not talking about the polls.
WINSTON Well, of course you wouldn’t want to talk about them. But we got back because we put in the hard yards, talking to people the old-fashioned way in country halls in places like Riverton all over NZ. You know, we didn’t kiss any babies or terrorise them. We didn’t go to schools where they didn’t vote. We did it the old-fashioned way, and had we got more coverage, we would have done much better.