New Zealand election 2017: record early voting as Ardern and English fight for win – live

7.28am BST

So, mixed-member proportional representation – it’s worth trying to get our heads around that before the results come in.

Essentially, New Zealanders are asked to make two marks on their ballots: one for a party, and one for a candidate for their electorate (constituency).

Under current MMP rules, a political party that wins at least one electorate seat OR 5% of the party vote gets a share of the seats in parliament that is about the same as its share of the party vote.

7.16am BST

The Electoral Commission says results will start to be declared soon after polls close at 7pm local time (5pm AEST/8am BST). It estimates we will know:

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Source: 08 The Guardian

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