Most voters said 'no'

Last updated 08:15 16/12/2013

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There were 22,099 votes in the referendum received from the Kaikoura electorate, which was just under half of the 44,966 people eligible to vote.

Of those 49.2 per cent voting, 64.3 per cent voted "no" to the Government's assets sales programme, and 35.3 per cent voted yes.

That meant there were 14,209 votes against, 7805 in favour, and another 74 informal, and 11 invalid.

The Electoral Commission's website showed that nationally voter turnout is 43.9%. Turnout is calculated by taking the total votes cast of 1,333,402 (being total valid and invalid votes) as a percentage of the total number of voters enrolled as at 21 November 2013 (3,037,405).

The results showed 895,322 people or 67.2 per cent voted "no" to the Citizens Initiated Referendum on the question: "Do you support the Government selling up to 49% of Meridian Energy, Mighty River Power, Genesis Power, Solid Energy and Air New Zealand?".

Another 432,950 people, or 32.5 per cent, voted "yes" and 4068 people, or 0.31 per cent, made informal votes.

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- The Marlborough Express

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