When the Supreme Court ruled in November 2022 that the present voting age is “discriminatory,” New Zealand’s Prime Minister Chris Hipkins stated that his country won’t be introducing legislation to reduce the voting age for general elections to 16.

Hipkins stated that the administration will concentrate on legislation to reduce the voting age in local elections rather than general elections as part of his announcement of broad-reaching policy measures.

“Lowering the age to 16 for general elections requires the support of at least 75 percent in the House of Representatives or a successful binding referendum. It is clear that we do not have a 75 percent majority in the current Parliament to make that change,” he said.

To decrease the minimum voting age for municipal elections, the administration will only need the backing of a normal majority, or 51%.


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