Election 2023: ACT's David Seymour thinks National has 'forgotten' about some voters with warning of second election

ACT Party leader David Seymour says it won't be because of him if Kiwis are forced to head back to the polls for a second election.  

It comes after the National Party ramped up efforts over the weekend to stop New Zealand First holding the balance of power by raising the prospect of a second election. 

National's campaign chair Chris Bishop said the party is concerned the inability to strike a deal with both minor parties could force Kiwis back to the voting booth. 

"We will pick up the phone if we have to and try to make it work. But there is a real possibility of the necessity of a second election and it's a growing one, unless people cast a strong vote for change," he said. 

Polls show National would need both ACT and New Zealand First to form a Government, despite the feud between Seymour and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. 

The latest Newshub Reid Research Poll showed the right bloc of National-ACT would only get 60 seats – one short of the number needed to form a government. This means they would need New Zealand First who would have six seats based on the Newshub poll.     

AM co-host Ryan Bridge asked Seymour and Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick as part of AM's political panel if either of them thought it was a good idea for National to mention a second election.  

Swarbrick said: "I can't begin to imagine what their strategists are thinking at the minute... it's clear who the coalition of chaos is".  

Seymour told AM "we can play games" but he believes National has forgotten about some voters with its warning of a second election. 

"It's the mums and dads and kids going back for the first day of the term today. They are under huge pressure. They're seeing mortgage rates that have risen or may rise soon, they're wondering how they're going to balance their budget," Seymour said.  

"They are looking at the amount of crime we've seen even just in Auckland in the last week and they want to see a country where everyone feels included. This is a lot of work that needs to be done, rather than all of this political commentary and horse racing."  

When questioned about potential coalition talks post-election, Seymour was standing strong about not wanting to work with New Zealand First.  

"We're here to make sure the government changes and it's a government of real change and to tell the truth. In the times you've had New Zealand First in the mix, it's been much harder to solve those problems we want to solve," he said.  

"Some people will say it's disruptive, well, actually it's pointing out some basic facts that they do tend to change their positions a lot and it's ultimately all about them".  

When questioned if he would do everything possible to avoid a second election, Seymour told AM coalition talks won't fall over because of his lack of trying.  

"Look, 80 percent of people haven't voted yet. We actually need to give people the choice and I say to people, if you want to change the government, you want to make that change real and you want a stable and united government that can get stuck into fixing the economy, getting your living costs down, then we are the party that can do that," he said.  

Swarbrick said the Kiwis she has been speaking to feel incredibly "fatigued and exhausted and a little bit angsty" about the way politicians have been fighting amongst themselves rather than proposing solutions.

Labour's finance spokesperson Grant Robertson said on Sunday National's warning of a second election is a sign their campaign is "falling apart".

"They have introduced chaos into the last week of the campaign by saying they could force a second election rather than work with New Zealand First - after saying for weeks they would work with New Zealand First," he said in a statement.

"A second election or a chaotic Government relying on Winston Peters would be another knock to our economy just when it's turning a corner and inflation is coming down.

"Christopher Luxon had the chance to rule out Winston Peters and avoid all this months ago. Chris Hipkins had the judgement to do so. Christopher Luxon didn't. This just shows the risk of Christopher Luxon's inexperience."

Labour leader Chris Hipkins slammed National for "threatening New Zealand with another election".

"I don't think that New Zealand needs another election," he said at on Sunday.

"New Zealand First is not a recipe for stable Government - the fact that Christopher Luxon has breathed life into the New Zealand First campaign is a question for him."

Meanwhile, Peters said there was no need for "scaremongering" remarks from Bishop.

Watch the full interview with David Seymour and Chlöe Swarbrick in the video above.