Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 1905. THE BOROUGH COUNCIL ELECTIONS.
To-morrow for the first time the elections will bo conducted under the regulations of the "Local Elections Act, 1904," and it is, therefore, advisable for voters to pay careful attention to th« new mathod of marking the voting papers introduced by this new Act. The voter will be supplied with a papor containing a list of the names of the candidates- as usual, but he'must; not strike out the names of those candidates whom ha does not wish to vote for. If the voter wishes to register his vote m favour of a candidate, he is required to mako a cross m the little square whioh will be found opposite the candidate's name. The old method was to strike out the names of those candidates whom the voter does not wish to vote for; the new method is to make a cross opposite the name of those candidates whom the voter does wish to vote for. The Act provides, however, that no voting paper shall be "rejected as informal that clearly indicates the candidates for whom the voter intended to vote, whether such indication is made m the manner described above, or according to the old method of striking out the names of the rejected candidates. In order to secure the secrecy of the ballot, it is enacted that voting papers muafc be marked with the returning officer's initials and the roll number of the voter, and the corner must be gummed down m the same way as is customary with voting papers at the general elections. Compartments are provided for the voters to retire to m order to record their votes on the voting paper, and the voter is required to fold the paper so that the contents cannot be seen, and then drop it m the ballot box. In the case of a tie between candidates, the returning officer is relieved of the duty of giving a casting vote, and the result is to be de'ermined by the drawing of lots. Heavy responsibilities are placed on the shoulders of the returning officer and his deputies for the safe custody of the voting papers, and severe penalties up to two years' imprisonment are provided for wilful breaches of the law on the part of either candidates or voters examples of euoh breaches being bribery, giving falseianswere, abstracting papers from the ballot boxes, and other similar offences. Contrary to expectations, a large number of candidates were nominated last Wednesday, the satisfactory number of thirteen names being handed m to the returning officer. Of the old Council only four members have offered themselves for re-eleotion, these being Messrs Timmins, Clark, Davison and Reid. Electors were informed at last meeting of the outgoing Counoil that Messrs Hugo Friedlander and D. Thomas would be unable to place their services at the disposal of the Borough this year, and general regret was expressed at their retirement. Experienced business men such as the two gentlemen mentioned are the class of representative the burgesses require to look after their interests. However, a satisfactory selection can be made from the list of those who have been generous enough to offer to give up the time required by the by no means easy task of transacting the Borough business. Now that so many candidates have come forward, it remains for the burges3es to do their duty by going to the poll and recording their votes. We trust that the attitude of apathy and indifference which we have previously deplored will not be m evidence to-morrow. It is not much to ask of anyone who has the advancement of the Borough at heart to take the trouble of going to the poll and recording a vote, and when the result is declared, we hope to find that the polling has beejn a fairly heavy one.