- News : Leaders to UN: If virus doesn't kill us, climate change will [28/09/2020 - United States]
- News : Samoa PM calls for global climate action at UN [28/09/2020 - Samoa]
- News : Vanuatu PM calls for debt forgiveness [28/09/2020 - Vanuatu]
- News : Pacific small islands and ‘Big Ocean’ nations at UN Assembly make the case for climate action, shift to clean energy [28/09/2020 - United States]
- News : Collective efforts and ambitious targets way forward -Fiji PM Bainimarama [28/09/2020 - Fiji]
- News : Oilouch vs. Whipps in race to Palau presidency [28/09/2020 - Palau]
- News : Palau to welcome Micronesian leaders for a face-to-face meeting this week [28/09/2020 - Palau]
- News : Cook Islands governing party to vote for Mark Brown as new leader [28/09/2020 - Cook Islands]
- News : Fijian Government halts grant to USP, pending investigation [28/09/2020 - Fiji]
- News Feature : Joint statement from the USP Academic and USP Staff Union on the cessation of Fiji's funding towards USP [25/09/2020 - Fiji]
- News Feature : Why are there unexploded bombs in the Pacific islands? [25/09/2020 - Solomon Islands]
- Sports News : Tonga Rugby Union in danger of being relegated to World Rugby tier three [25/09/2020 - Tonga]
- Sponsored : Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC)
National’s party leader Judith Collins has called on the New Zealand Prime Minister to delay the election, saying it is not possible to have a free and fair vote in the circumstances.
Joining Collins, joined by other National Party members - Gerry Brownlee, Paul Goldsmith and Shane Reti - was speaking from the Legislative Council Chamber at Parliament.
She says she wants to express her disappointment Auckland is now in level 3 and the rest of New Zealand is in level 2.
Collins said she had asked for a meeting today with the electoral commission, saying it would not be possible to have a free and fair election.
“We are calling on the Prime Minister ... to shift out the election date to a date later in November.”
She said if that was not possible, the Prime Minister could instead defer the election to next year.
“We think that is probably the better alternative.”
“It's very hard to have any democratic vote if people can't vote, that is the problem.”
Collins said it was not acceptable for New Zealanders to be left wondering if they can vote on election day. She said relying solely on a postal vote was "utterly ridiculous for anyone who cares about democracy".
She said there had been “absolutely no transparency” and there had been no ability for National to be involved in any decision making.
“We would like to have clarity, we would like a timeline.”
Collins said it was unacceptable that Dr Reti, the party's health spokesperson and a former GP - was still waiting for an update from health officials. He had been trying to talk to them all day, she said.
Her statement comes after four new cases of Covid-19 in the community were identified last night, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield announcing increased Covid-19 alert levels across the country.
The four cases were members of the same family, and Ardern revealed this morning that one of them had travelled to Rotorua while symptomatic.
The Auckland region moved to level 3 at midday today, with the rest of New Zealand moving to level 2 simultaneously. The increased levels will remain for three days until midday Friday, when alert levels will be reassessed.
Collins this morning had urged Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to delay the dissolution of Parliament, which she has since done.
SOURCE: RNZ PACIFIC/PACNEWS
Pacific Islands News Association
Who & What is PINA?
International News Safety Institute (INSI)
Media Helping Media