New Zealand — current flag will be kept — no Silver Fern Flag
+++ Update 30-Mar-2016 +++
The final results are in: New Zealand will keep its flag with the Union Jack in the top left corner.
Second Referendum on the New Zealand Flag
|30 March 2016|
|The Electoral Commission has released the final result for the second referendum on the New Zealand Flag. The referendum asked the question:
“What is your choice for the New Zealand flag?” The option with the most votes was
Option B: Current New Zealand Flag
|The votes were cast as follows:
The number of invalid votes cast was 5,273.
Voter turnout was 67.8%. Turnout is calculated by taking the total votes received of 2,140,895 (being total valid and invalid votes) as a percentage of the total number of voters enrolled as at 3 March 2016 (3,158,576).
——— Original post 17-Dec-2015 ———-
New Zealanders did cast their votes for the black-blue version of the Silver Fern Flag as the potential new flag of new Zealand.
Here are the Silver Fern Flag and the current NZ flag, the flags New Zealand will choose between in the final binding referendum in March 2016.
In the first binding referendum from 20 November to 11 December 2015, eligible voters ranked the 5 alternative designs in their order of preference. On 15 December 2015, the Electoral Commission announced that the Silver Fern Flag would be the flag to move forward to the second referendum as the preferred alternative.
The flag that receives the most votes in the final referendum will become the New Zealand flag.