Let's check out the real result of Saturday night.
Total number of eligible voters by 5 p.m. Friday 25 November 3.054 million
Number of unregistered potential voters 0.27 million
Total number of possible voters 3.261 million
Number of people who actually voted 2.014 million
Number of people who did not vote but could have 1.247 million
Turnout (number of voters/number of possible voters) = 61.8%
So, revised totals for the parties:
And the winner, with 38.2% of possible votes is: NONE OF THE ABOVE
Together, a National-Labour 'Grand Coalition' would only have incorporated 46.4% of possible votes.
Which means no party has a “mandate” to govern as a result of this election. The people have spoken: All the political parties on offer are dogshit.
And 45 seats in the new parliament should be left empty to reflect the real views of all New Zealanders.