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Saturday, 21 October 2017 07:37 pm

Kiwis are getting out to vote in 2017 General Election

Sep 23rd, 2017 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

 

Voting booths have been busy in the first few hours of voting today after stations opened at 9am.

Lines out of the door at Johnsonville Mall (above), Rongotai, Reporoa near Levin and a 20 minute line-up at the Clyde Quay School were reported to NewsWire.

However polling booths are open until 7pm and Ohariu voters at Johnsonville spoke positively about their experience.

Andrew Wilks says he is pleased to fulfil his civic duty by voting.

Long-time voter William Wards says he has voted at every election since he was eligible.

“I think it’s our democratic right and what our forefathers fought for so we could have the right to vote in a democratic election,” says William.

Christina Wards says she is confident that the party she voted for will get into government.

Helen Davison says she has always found the voting process easy.

Ben Maran says he is glad he voted for someone he believes can make a difference to the people of New Zealand.

Some voters looked to avoid Saturday queues, with Justine Scott casting her vote earlier in the week.

As of Thursday more than 800,000 people across the country have already cast their vote.

Radio New Zealand reported this morning that over 3.2 million people were enrolled to vote at 6pm last night – 91 percent of eligible voters, and down on 2013’s figure of 92.6 percent.

 

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