Citizens Initiated Referendum 2009 Preliminary Result

Citizens Initiated Referendum 2009

Preliminary Result

21 August 2009
The Chief Electoral Officer has released the preliminary result of the Citizens Initiated Referendum on the question
“Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?”

The preliminary result is based on the number of votes processed as at 7pm, Friday 21 August 2009.
The target for the final result to be available is 5pm, Tuesday 25 August 2009.

Votes Number of Votes
Percentage of Total
Valid Votes
For the response Yes 191,495 11.81%
For the response No 1,420,959 87.60%
Informal Votes 9,696 0.60%
Total Valid Votes 1,622,150 100.00%

The number of invalid votes cast was 802.

Voter turnout on the basis of the preliminary results is 54.04%. Turnout is calculated by taking the total votes
cast of 1,622,952 (being total valid and invalid votes) as a percentage of the total number of voters
enrolled as at 30 July 2009 (3,002,968).

Referendum Results by Electorate


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