New Zealand general election, 1928


New Zealand general election, 1928
New Zealand general election, 1925
New Zealand
1925 ←
13 November 1928 (1928-11-13)
→ 1931

All 80 seats in the House of Representatives
41 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 88.01%
  First party Second party
  Joseph Gordon Coates.jpg George William Forbes.jpg
Leader Gordon Coates George William Forbes
Party Reform United
Leader since 1925 1925
Leader's seat Kaipara Hurunui
Last election 55 seats, 47.7% 11 seats, 22.4%
Seats won 27 27
Seat change decrease 28 increase 16
Popular vote 263,382 225,042
Percentage 34.82% 29.75%
Swing decrease 9.97% increase 7.26%

  Third party Fourth party
  Harry Holland (1925).jpg No image.png
Leader Harry Holland Unknown
Party Labour Country Party
Leader since 1919
Leader's seat Buller
Last election 12 seats, 27.2% 0, 0.35%
Seats won 19 1
Seat change increase 7 increase 1
Popular vote 198,092 11,990
Percentage 26.19% 1.59%
Swing increase 3.50% increase 1.24%

Prime Minister before election

Gordon Coates
Reform

Prime Minister-designate

Joseph Ward
United

The New Zealand general election of 1928 was held on Tuesday, 13 November in the Māori electorates, and on Wednesday, 14 November in the general electorates to elect a total of 80 MPs to the 23rd session of the New Zealand Parliament. A total of 844,633 electors were registered on the European roll, of which 743,691 (88.05%) turned out to vote.[1]

1928 was the year postal voting introduced for certain specified groups (e.g. invalids) who could not get to a polling booth on election day.

In 1927, a faction of the decaying Liberal Party formed a new organisation, which was eventually named the United Party. In 1928. to the considerable surprise of most observers and many members of the party itself, United won a considerable victory, taking Auckland East and Grey Lynn from Labour. So the United Government came to power.

Result by Party

Party Candidates Total votes Percentage Seats won Change
Reform 74 271,259 35.87 281 -27
United 60 228,438 30.20 272 +16
Labour 59 197,953 26.17 19 +7
Independent 30 41,767 5.52 5 +3
Country Party 5 11,990 1.59 1 +1
Ratana 3 4,924 0.65 0 ±0
Total 231 756,331 80

1 Includes two who won as Independent Reform

2  United  previously contested as  Liberal  

References

  • The International Almanac of Electoral History, 3rd edition, Thomas T. Mackie and Richard Rose (Macmillan 1991)

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