There are only 3 days left to go till the polling booths open on Saturday to cast the vote to decide
"Who will reside in the Beehive".
This election is especially important as New Zealanders will also cast a vote for the referendum to decide which voting system will be used in the future.
It is shocking to hear that according to the Electoral Commission's latest statistics, more than 100,000 young people (18-24 years) are not enrolled to vote in this year's election and referendum on the voting system. I think that it is understandable that young people, given the current economic climate have a certain apathy towards the voting system. I know that a lot of people, being bombarded with election campaigns are finding it hard to find unbiased information to aid their choice.
I feel that not only it is so very important to continue to exercise our right to vote, but for your decision to be an informed one. Many countries in the world are not fortunate enough to live in a democracy that allows people to have a say in how and who forms their government and many people have fought and died for our right to vote today.
Women can also be thankful to so many strong amazing women involved in the suffragette movement who achieved against great struggle to secure our right to vote, notably Kate Sheppard in New Zealand and Emmeline Pankhurst in England.
Their site claims that they "believe in encouraging democratic participation and education on the web. This site is made available at no charge to all candidates and parties - so that you the voter can have a more informed voting experience."
the above cross stitch pattern is courtesy of the
UK Craftivist Collective, you can view more of their awesome voting patterns here