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This 23-Year-Old Woman Will Be New Zealand's Youngest MP In Four Decades

"It's supposed to be a House of Representatives."

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A 23-year-old Green Party candidate is set to become New Zealand's youngest MP in 42 years as the final votes in the nation's federal election are counted.

Chloe Swarbrick needs just 5.5% of the party vote to score a spot in parliament and the latest count has the Green Party at 5.9%.

Neither of the major parties had secured enough seats to form a majority government on Sunday morning - prime minister Bill English's National won 46% of the vote with 58 seats in parliament while Labour, led by Jacinda Ardern won 35.8% and 45 seats.

The Greens won seven seats.

Swarbrick spoke to TVNZ about her likely win on Saturday night and said it was "supposed to be a House of Representatives".

"Currently the youngest person in the previous Parliament was a tobacco lobbyist from Southland.

"I wouldn't say he's super representative of the youth of today."

Swarbrick, who has a bachelor of philosophy and laws, campaigned on mental health issues, climate change, education and housing affordability.

She has spent most of her adult life as a journalist, small business owner and community organiser and joined the Green Party last year after she unsuccessfully ran in the 2016 Auckland mayoral election in which she garnered 30,000 votes.

The official election result is expected to be declared on 7 October.

Gina Rushton is a breaking news reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

Contact Gina Rushton at gina.rushton@buzzfeed.com.

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