The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1890. THE APPROACHING ELECTIONS.
We cannot too often impress upon ' our readers the necessity for taking every precaution to ensure their names being placed on the electoral roll. The writs for the ensuing general elections, will, it is stated, be issued m the course of a day or two, after which no applications will be received for enrolment. It therefore behoves all male persons of the age of twenty-one years to at once register themselves by calling upon the Registrars for their respective electoral districts, where they may obtain necessary forms <uul all other information. The qualification, as we have stated on several occasions previously, is that any person claiming to be placed on the i"oll shall have been resident m the colony for a period of twelve months, and resident m the electoral district for six months of that term. In consequence of roll revision, and the enlargement of districts, the new rolls will doubtless contain many clerical errors and omissions ; it can scarcely be otherwise when Registrars throughout the colony, m addition to their other duties, are called upon, at short notice, to prepare new rolls from old ones, and to add new names thereto. Persons who have been on the roll for years may, if they do not see to it at once, find themselves debarred from the exercise of the franchise at the forthcoming election owing to unavoidable errors m compilation of the electoral lists. It therefore behoves every elector to see for himself that he is upon the roll, and if he finds that his name has been omitted, |to take immediate steps to have it I placed upon the supplementary roll, now m process of compilation. The Electoral Act Amendment Act, 1890, incorporates the Regulation of Elections Act, 1881, but sections 10 to 16, schedules 3, ■I, and T), with section G of the Electoral Acts Amendment Act, 1887, are repealed. These have reference to the mode of nomination, which is altered. On the receipt of a writ the Returning Officer is to endorse on it the date of receipt, and give at least 15 days' notice of the day of election m tl-e prescribed form. Any duly registered elector, with his consent, may be nominated as a, candidate, for the House of Representatives by a nomination paper signed by two electors of the district which is to be represented, and must reach the Returning Officer not. less than seven days before the polling day. The consent may be by post m the ordinary way, or affixed to the nomination, or by telegraph. It must be accompanied by a deposit of £10, to be forfeited if* the candidate does not poll one-tenth the number of votes polled by the successful candidate. Objections to the description of the candidate as insufficient must be made not less than five days before the poll. The names of all candidates are to be advertised m a newspaper circulated m the district. A candidate may withdraw, but not later than five days before the poll, by sending a notice signed by him and attested by a Justice, and after such notice he will be incapable of election, find any votes given for him will be void and of no effect ; the notice is to be published. Any elector who is unable to read or write n-ay request a scrutineer to inspect his voting paper after marking it. In case a candidate dies m the interim between nomination and polling days, proceedings are to be commenced afresh, as if the writ had been received on the day on which proof of the death was given to the Returning Officer, and the circumstances are to be endorsed on the writ. Section 4f> of the 1881 Act is repealed, and m lieu thereof it is provided that the declaration of the poll shall be by publicnotice m a newspaper as soon as conveniently may be on or after the day of the poll. In all other respects, the the new Act is the same as the old Acts. In this district, as m many others, there are, since the last elections were held many new residents and settlers, and we would especially urge these to register themselves at once. There are also a number of young men m the district who are entitled to the privilege of a vote for the first time, and it behoves these also to sep that their names are included m the new rolls. Young New Zealanders cannot do their country better service than by taking part m all questions affecting the public welfare, and letting the power of their opinions be felt through the ballot-box. To old electors, new residents, and young men we would say, see to it that you delay not another moment m making sure that you will not be debarred from the exercise of the franchise at the forthcoming election. There are many important political and .social questions to be dealt with by the ]S Tew Zealand Parliament during the ensuing three years, and it behoves the electors from one end of the colony to the other to send forward their best and most levelheaded men to take part m the State deliberations.