THE OFFICIAL DECLARATION OF THE POLL.
The official declaration of the poll took place at noon yesterday at the Court' house, Akaroa. There was not a very large attendanse of electors, only some forty or fifty being present, and the successful candidate and Mr Anson were the only representatives of the six competitors present. Mr Robinson, the Returning Officer, who was applauded, said that the number of votes previously recorded had been slightly revised, but the alterations were of a trifling nature. He would read over the actual number of votes gained by each candidate, which were as i followß :—
The informal votes were 26 in number. He had therefore to declare Mr A. I. McGregor as the duly elected member for Akaroa, and in doing so begged to congratulate him moat heartily and sincerely. (Applause.) Mr McGregor, who was received with cheers, said he had to thank the electors for placing him in such a proud position. He might say it had been a victory right along the line, but the chief victory had been in Akaroa (Applause). Economy, retrenchment, and no further taxation had been the principles he had advocated, and he would support all measures in that direction (Applause). He begged to thank the other candidates for their expressions of good will, and their kindliness to him throughout the election. He wished especially to allude to Mr Anson, who was, as they all knew, a scholar and a gentleman (Applause). He predicted a great political future for that gentleman, in spite of his present defeat. He also wished to thank the local and metropolitain press for the correct and able manner in which they had reported his views. When he went to Wellington he should represent all, and would be accessible by night or by day, by wire or by letter. He would give his best attention to the large questions to be brought betore Parliament in the coming session, and he looked upon it as one of his duties that when he came back he should explain his words and deeds in the flesh to them all. It was indeed the proudest moment of his life, and his feelings were too full for expression, but from the bottom of his heart he thanked them, and he could assure them they had not misplaced their confidence (Applause). Mr Anson, who was received with loud and continued cheers, said that he begged to return his thanks to those who had supported him, and those who had not also. (Applause.) Not being himself elected, he could wish for nothing better than to see Mr McGregor occupy the seat, for their political opinions, as i proved by their addresses to the electors, were almost identical. (Applause.) The 1 enormous majority Mr McGregor had gained showed that gentleman's great popularity, and to use poetical phraseology—" That, with all his faults, they loved him still I" (Laughter and applause,) He was glad Mr McGregor had been put in by such a majority, and his for regret was that he had not appeared higher on the poll 1 himself. Mr McGregor had alluded to him as a future statesman, and no doubt when that gentleman entered the Upper House he should have better success with the electors of Akaroa, (Loud cheering and applause.) Mr McGregor, on behalf of the candidates, moved a hearty vote of thanks to Mr Robinson and his deputies, for the way in which the election had been con - ducted. (Applause.) They had done their duties most thoroughly and completely, and deserved the electors' thanks. (Applause.) Mr Anson seconded. The motion was carried by acclamation.
Mr Robinson returned thanks on behalf of the deputy returning officers and himself. He had been mest ably seconded by his assistant!, and was glad such general satisfaction prevailed, and begged heartily to thank them. (Applause.) Three hearty cheers were then given for Mr McGregor, three more for Mr Anson, and yet another three for the returning officers, and the proceedings then terminated.
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THE OFFICIAL DECLARATION OF THE POLL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume XIV, Issue 1169, 30 September 1887
THE OFFICIAL DECLARATION OF THE POLL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume XIV, Issue 1169, 30 September 1887
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