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The above Bill, which passed its second reading last evening, settles the "Electoral Acts Amendment Bill," and introduces several new features into our electoral machinery. Of these the most satisfactory is that which does away with the old-fashioned system of nomination, followed by the equally obsolete and useless " show of hands," and substitutes,: as m the case of elections for other positions than that of members of Parliament, written nominations, which, it is proposed, shall be signed by five nominators. The candidate's consent must be given m writing, and may be written upon the nomination paper or upon a separate paper, or may be sent by letter or telegram to the Returning Officer, so as to reach him not less than ten days before the day appointed for the polling. Any, elector of the colony may be a candidate for any district,,and 1 nominators must be electors of the district for which the candidate is nominated. A candidate may withdraw after nomination, but the withdrawal must be made not less than three clear days before the day appointed for taking the poll. In case of the death of any. candidate before the day of the polll proceedings are to be' commenced de novo. Then follow clauses providing for the registering of seamen and the issue to them of voting rights, upon which they can vote for their respective district at any port at which they may happen to be, their votes being transmitted by the collector or deputy-collector of Customs. The clauses, relating to the seamen's franchise are somewhat cumberous and involved, and should be amended m Committee; but, altogether, the Bill is a useful one, and deserves to pass.

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REGULATIONS OF ELECTIONS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2497, 21 August 1890

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REGULATIONS OF ELECTIONS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2497, 21 August 1890

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