On November 26, 2011 New Zealand held their general elections for parliamentary members. This is the 50th New Zealand Parliament to be elected. Google opted to display a Google Doodle in honor of the New Zealand General Elections 2011. Normally the election date is a firmly held secret, but this year the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, announced the date back in February of 2011. The 49th Parliament is set to expire on November 27th, with the newly elected Parliament taking their seats soon thereafter.
This year, 120 members were elected to New Zealand’s House of Representatives. Voters on Saturday were able to place two votes. One for their local electorate and the other for a political party. Over 500 candidates entered the contest for the 120 seats available. Debates were held and televised during the months of October and November to allow the candidates to state their platforms and campaign. Today’s Doodle honors the participants, both voters and candidates, who participated in the New Zealand General Elections 2011.