17 Aug 2020

Covid-19: Election day delayed four weeks

From Checkpoint, 5:07 pm on 17 August 2020

The election countdown clock has been reset, with the Prime Minister pushing back polling day by four weeks to October 17, due to latest outbreak of Covid-19.

Jacinda Ardern has been under increasing pressure from other political parties to delay the election date after Auckland was put into a two-week lockdown at alert level 3.

Her own deputy PM claimed a free and fair election was not possible with the playing field hopelessly compromised by current restrictions.

RNZ deputy political editor Craig McCulloch has the details.