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The importance of a Government of choice post COVID-19 pandemic

Digby Werthmuller
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Voting for your Government of choice, with the impacts and ramifications of COVID-19, has never been more important than now, with the effects potentially lasting upwards of 20 years.

The 2020 elections are set for September 19, and the Electoral Committee is working hard on how best to deliver this year’s elections and referendums.

With potentially more voting stations being made available for voters, there's no excuse to say you didn't vote this year.

Palmerston North candidate for National, William Wood, says the importance of voting for your Government of choice is incredibly important especially during these times.

"We are going to see economic ramifications for a long, long time to come.

"When you're making your vote, you're not just voting for the next three years, you're potentially voting for the next 20 to 40 years.”

Labour MP for Christchurch Central, Duncan Webb, says voting has always been of critical importance.

"Young people in particular need to have a voice so that they can choose a Government that isn’t driven by short-term thinking that dominates some electoral cycles."

Webb says issues like climate change and housing require a long-term view and not one which is focussed on short-term gains like tax breaks, greater Government payments or which supports particular interest groups, which can be the focus of some politics.