Winston Peters has said he’ll wait for the special votes to be counted before deciding who to support in government.
But why does the count take so long?
But why does it take two weeks to deliver this final vote count, including special votes?
If over two million votes get counted on election night why does it then take so long to tally up the remaining special votes?
The main reason is that the regulations governing special votes date back to 1996 and these provide a 10-day window for a special vote to be delivered to the relevant electorate.
That time period reflects an era in which the postal service was the primary means of communication.
The final official vote count does not begin until that 10-day period elapses and all votes are available to be counted.
That count then is carried out under quite strict conditions with party scrutineers and a judge present to ensure that the electoral officials are acting properly.
So it’s not a case of electoral officials dragging their feet unnecessarily.
Rather it’s the same careful process that has been used at every election since 1996.