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Sjmple as th«J proceedings m connection with the election of School Committees are commonly supposed to be, the experience of this year's elections alone is sufficient evidence that they are not by any means universally understood. Un the contrary, it would seem that they are much more frequently misunderstood than many people would be inclined to imagine. In Ashburton and m Oamaru the not uncommon mistake was made of declaring Committees iected without a ballot being taken, simply because there happened to be only seven nominations, a proceeding, however common-sense-like it may appear, which is nevertheless contrary to the expreffe provision of the Act, which requires that a ballot be taken m all cases. We think we understood onr Timaru contemporary, the "South Canterbury Times," which referred to the matter the other day, to say that m several instances a Uke error had been fallen into m that district, and if 60, it is exceedingly probable that there may be numerous other instances of the fame thing throughout the colony, and consequently as many setß of gentlemen acting as School Committees who have no right so to do. Bat from what transpired at a meeting of the South Canterbury Board of Education, held on Thursday, it would appear that this is not the only sort of blunder which is frequently made, to the invalidation cf the proceedings, it being a very common practice of Chairmen of householders' meetings to refuse the nominations oi absent persons, unless their written consent to be nominated is handed m, or their willingness to serve if elected otherwise vouched for. This is not justified by the Act, and m no less than six cases m South Canterbury where this has occurred the Board has declared the election null and void, and has ordered fresh meetings to be called for the purpose of duly electing Committees. It would be interesting to know m how many cases the same mistake has been made m other educational districts, and we suspect that if the truth were known a very large number of elections would, m that case, be found to be' invalid, either for this cause or for that first alluded to. When we take into account, with all this, the almost universal testimony to the unsatisfactory results of the cumulative ?ote, and the muddles caused by the want of a better definition of the franchise than the interpretation of «• householder " as given by the Act of 1877, it becomes evident that an amendment of the law is badly needed, so as to enable the elective machinery of our educational •ystem to work with greater smoothness •tf C4r{fintv,

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE ELECTIONS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2126, 4 May 1889

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE ELECTIONS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2126, 4 May 1889