Despite advance voting being open a fortnight before election day, we won’t know the outcome of the two referenda until early next month. (File photo)
If the majority of New Zealanders voted in favour in the assisted dying referendum, the Act – which would allow adults who have a terminal illness likely to end their lives within six months, and are experiencing “significant and ongoing decline in physical capability”, to request assisted dying – will become law in 12 months’ time.
If the majority were opposed – or there is a tie – and another referendum is not held, the Act will expire in five years.
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