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COVID resets clock for election countdown

Election campaigning is back in full swing after a postponement due to COVID-19 disruption. The polls will open on Saturday October 3. The last day you can vote is Saturday October 17.

Eldernet invited each party contesting the election to submit 500 words on what they see as the primary issues facing older people and what they plan to do about making older people’s lives easier. Contributions were received and published from New Zealand First, The Opportunities Party, the Green Party, the National Party and the Outdoors Party.

No contribution was received from ACT, Democrats for Social Credit, Labour, Mana, the Māori Party, New Conservative, One Party, Sustainable New Zealand and Vision New Zealand.

Eldernet also sought contributions from those campaigning for and against in the referenda on the End of Life Choice Act and the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill. We will publish them here next week and we welcome your comments on the viewpoints expressed.

The End of Life Choice Act gives people with a terminal illness the option of requesting assisted dying. Parliament passed the End of Life Choice Act but it has not come into force. The Act will only come into force if more than 50 percent of voters in the referendum vote ‘Yes’.

The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill would allow people to possess and consume cannabis in limited circumstances. If more than 50 percent of the votes cast are ‘Yes’, recreational cannabis wouldn’t become legal straight away. Instead, the incoming government can introduce a Bill to Parliament that would legalise and control cannabis.

To vote in the election and the referenda you will need to be on either the General or Māori Electoral Roll. It’s easy to enrol, check or update your details. You can call 0800 367 656 to ask for an enrolment form to be sent to you. Alternatively, you can enrol online at using your NZ driver’s licence, passport or RealMe verified identity.

Voters are encouraged to vote early to make it easier to maintain physical distancing.

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