新西兰将于9月20日举行议会选举

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2014-3-13 09:58

General election for New Zealand in September

新西兰总理约翰·基10日宣布,将于9月20日举行议会选举。

约翰·基当天在内阁会议结束后举行的新闻发布会上说,他已于9日向新西兰总督杰里·迈特帕里通报了选举日期,并预定于8月14日解散本届议会。

约翰·基说,大选日期的确定主要是因为11月将在澳大利亚布里斯班举行二十国集团峰会,新西兰已经收到澳大利亚邀请将参加会议。因大选后可能会进行联合政府的组建谈判,约翰·基担心如果大选日期太接近峰会举办日期,有可能来不及选出新总理出席峰会。

新西兰议会选举每3年举行一次,自1996年开始实行“混合比例制“形式,每位选民同时就选区议席和党派议席投票,取得最多议会议席的政党优先获得组阁权。

New Zealand voters will go to the polls in a general election on Sept. 20, Prime Minister John Key announced Monday.

"I'm announcing the election date well in advance as I believe this gives New Zealanders some certainty and is in the country's best interests," Key said in a statement.

Key said his center-right National Party, which has ruled for two terms in coalition with three minor parties, would be campaigning on its "strong record in government and its plans to continue the good progress New Zealand is making over the next three years."

The government's intention was that parliament would be dissolved on Aug. 14, he said.

The National Party has been polling slightly ahead of the main opposition bloc of the Labor and Green parties in recent polls, despite unpopular policies such as its decision to partially privatize the state-owned power companies.

The New Zealand government is selected from 120 Members of Parliament who are elected in a mixed-member proportional representation system, under which each voter has two votes -- one for a constituency representative and one for a political party. Each party is allocated a number of seats in parliament according to its share of the total party vote.

The New Zealand parliament can sit for a maximum three-year term.

The last general election was held in November 2011.(新华网)