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Preliminary Results For The 2008 General Election


Sunday 9 November

Chief Electoral Office
Ministry of Justice


The Chief Electoral Officer has released the preliminary results for the 2008 General Election.

2008 General Election Preliminary Results

Party Party
Votes %
Votes Electorate
Seats List
Seats Total
National Party 951,145 45.45 41 18 59
Labour Party 706,666 33.77 21 22 43
Green Party 134,622 6.43 0 8 8
ACT New Zealand 77,843 3.72 1 4 5
Mäori Party 46,894 2.24 5 0 5
Jim Anderton's Progressive 19,536 0.93 1 0 1
United Future 18,629 0.89 1 0 1
New Zealand First Party 88,072 4.21 0 0 0
Kiwi Party 11,659 0.56 0 0 0
The Bill and Ben Party 10,738 0.51 0 0 0
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party 7,589 0.36 0 0 0
New Zealand Pacific Party 6,991 0.33 0 0 0
Family Party 6,973 0.33 0 0 0
Alliance 1,721 0.08 0 0 0
Democrats for Social Credit 1,112 0.05 0 0 0
Libertarianz 1,070 0.05 0 0 0
Workers Party 824 0.04 0 0 0
RAM - Residents Action Movement 405 0.02 0 0 0
The Republic of New Zealand Party 298 0.01 0 0 0
70 52 122

The preliminary results are based on the 2,105,103 votes counted on election night.

Special declaration votes still to be counted are estimated at 240,000 (10.2% of total votes). This includes an estimated 32,000 overseas votes.

The total estimated votes (those counted on election night plus estimated special votes to be counted) is 2,345,104.

Voter turnout for the 2008 General Election is estimated to be 78.69% of those enrolled as at 5pm Friday 7 November. This compares with a final 80.92% turnout of those enrolled in 2005.

A summary of all party votes, electorate votes and advance votes is available on

The website also shows the probable distribution of seats by party as calculated by the St. Lague formula. Preliminary results by polling place for each electorate will also available on the site.

The Official Results process starts today (Sunday) and is expected to be completed in 14 days. All votes counted on election night will be recounted. Special declaration votes will be processed and counted. The target to release the Official Results is at 2pm on Saturday 22 November 2008.


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