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The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1913.

LYTTELTON Bt ELECTION. _ The heated debates about the Lytfcel ton Bolls show how foolish people are not to have their names put on the Electoral Bolls immediately the death of their representative ig announced. Iα any case electors should see that they get on the Roll for their district as aooD as they are able, because one never knows what may be id the lap of the gods , and any person changing hia place of residence knows he hug beCQtne disfranchised, Wβ cannot understand bow any voters in the Ly Melt on Electorate could have failed to get their names on the Roll when the newspapers warned them so definitely that the election must be held quickly, There seemed no diffi aulty about the Grey election, though the writs vere issued as speedily after Sir Arthur Guinness's death as after Mr G. Laurenaon'g. Wβ quite agree with Bir Joseph Ward and Mr Rusaelj that if a large number of people are off the 801 l it is a very unfortunate state of affairs, but it would be extremely wrong and foolish to institute a new procedure, as these gentlemen have suggested, just because a number of eligible voters have neglected to have their names put on the Roll. One half ot the Peninsula is interested in the coming contest, whicb promises to be a keen one. If the old system is not repealed, there would appear little possibility of the avoidance of the eocond ballot, Mr J, M'Combg, the Labour Socialist candidate, polled fairly heavy at the last election, and will, no doubt, receive a great deal of support from Lyttelton and Woolston, jbotb fltrongholds of Labour, At the sense lime, Measre Laurenson and nod Dr. Thaoker ere all out

on the Liberal ticket, and they have the advantage over Mr M , Combs of

being known personally to the bulk of the constituents. If the Labour Party sticks together Mr M'Corob<? should have a good hearing, but the late dis turbances have done much to alienate the moderate man from the SocialDemocratic Party. Mr M. J. Miller, who is standing as the Government candidate, has been known and respected in Lyttelton for many years, where he has held the office of Mayor for a number of terras. It seems to us an incomprehensible thing that there should be so little cohesion in the Opposition Party that four men should stand against the Government's nominee. If the Lyttelton by election is symbolic of the big contest next year, tbo Massey Ctpvern-

ment should have a large majority, as the Opposition will be represented bj several nominees in each electorate, Messra Robertson and Webb have promised to come down to Lyttelton to speak for Me M'Combg; but we believe that many previous supporters of the extreme Labour Socialists like Mr Webb are tired of the late out bursts of this speaker, and that in many parts of New Zealand the Labour candidates will receive a rude shock at next election. The working man should have bis wants well guarded like all other members of the community, but the strike baa shown all too clearly that the LabourSocialist agitators have sacrificed the working men to their own desire for a decisive blow against the Massey Government.

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The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1913., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4353, 2 December 1913

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The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1913. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4353, 2 December 1913

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