Polls Closed in The New Zealand 2005 General Election
Saturday, September 17, 2005
|The New Zealand General Election|
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At 07:00 UTC today (19:00 NZST, local time), the polls closed in the New Zealand general election, 2005.
Nearly three million people were eligible to vote.
Turn out was strong, turnout results are predicted to be to be higher than the 2002 turn out (77%)
Preliminary election results will be on Wikinews as they come through  it is expected that all votes will be counted by 11:30 UTC (23:30 NZST)
The official results are expected to be available by Saturday, 1 October 2005, on the Chief Electoral Office 2005 General Election Results website 
- "Polling stations report good turnout" — , September 17, 2005
- "I Hour Left in the New Zealand 2005 General Election" — , Sept, 17, 2005
- "Leaders cast votes, turnout appears strong" — , Sept, 17, 2005