New Zealand's general election - for which polling took place Nov. 26 - resulted in a victory for the conservative National Party.
New Zealand's general election - for which polling took place Nov. 26 - resulted in a victory for the conservative National Party. The defeated Labour Party has formed the Government for the past three years.
In the old Parliament, Labour had 41 seats in the Lower House, and the National Party 39. Most observers foresaw a Labour victory, but after the million odd votes had been counted, the National Party had won 45 seats, against Labour's 35. There were six seats in which late votes - which traditionally go against Labour - might affect majorities.
Great trouble was taken to get votes from New Zealanders away from home. Over 1,000 such votes were recorded in Britain alone, and even the men serving in Antarctica were provided for. All 19 Communist candidates and 10 independents forfeited their deposits.
Leader of the winning National Party is 56-years old Mr. Keith Holyoake, who was Prime Minister for a few weeks before his party lost to Labour in 1957. The new Government is expected to bring in a more liberal import policy and to loosen state controls.