The Latest: New Zealanders head to polls for national vote

The Latest on New Zealand’s national election( all times regional ):

2: 55 p.m.

New Zealanders were voting Saturday in a national election that appears to be a close hasten between conservative Prime Minister Bill English and liberal challenger Jacinda Ardern.

Ardern has enjoyed a miraculous upsurge in esteem since taking over as opposition leader last month. The 37 -year-old has been accosted like a rock-and-roll starring at large mobilizes and has generated abundance of fervour among her fans.

The 55 -year-old English has passed a more low-key campaign, foreground its own experience and the financial expansion the two countries has enjoyed. He’s promising excise trimmeds for most workers.

Opinion polls mark the committee had been a swaying back to English in the waning epoches of awareness-raising campaigns after Ardern had all the early momentum.

Voting sustains until 7 p. m. regional term with first upshots expected about 90 minutes later.

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