New Zealand Votes ‘Yes’ To Legalisation Of Euthanasia

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, delivering a speech [David Rowland/AAP Image via Reuters]

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, delivering a speech [David Rowland/AAP Image via Reuters]
New Zealand has voted to legalise euthanasia. The “yes” vote means the country has joined a small group of nations and territories including the Netherlands and Canada who already endorsed assisted dying for people with terminal illnesses.

However, the has most likely voted ‘no’ on the use of recreational cannabis following two referendums that were part of this month’s general election, Electoral Commission announced on Friday.

The referendum asked New Zealanders whether they agreed with the End of Life Choice Bill, which allows assisted dying for people with terminal illnesses subject to a range of conditions and safeguards.

New Zealand’s Electoral Commission on its preliminary results said more than 65.2 percent of voters were in favour of euthanasia.

Nearly half a million votes have yet to be counted and the final results will be released on November 6.

The legislation which applies only to the terminally ill and includes numerous safeguards would be implemented by October 2021.

A journalist at the NZ Herald, Will Trafford told Al Jazeera from Auckland. “We have looked internationally. There was a lot of consultation and a few revisions. It is only the terminally-ill patients, they need two doctors to approve and there’s a long checklist.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was re-elected in a landslide, backed the bill as well as the referendum on the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use.

According to the  Electoral Commission 53.1 percent of voters opposed the plan.

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