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The first ballot for the by election resolved itself, ac we predicted in our last issue, into a contest between the strikers' and anti-strikers' candidates, The result of the first ballot was watched with interest in all parts of the Peninsula, and a fair amount of enthusiasm was ebown in the results

of the polling, which were shown at the " Akaroa Mail " Office on Tuesday evening. ' THE RESULT. The following are the final figures for the election : — J. M'Combs (Social Democrat;) 2075 M. J. Miller (Government) .. 1560 J. B. Laurenson (Liberal) ... 922 H. T. J. Thacker (Indep^n; Liberal) 263 W. Badcliffe (Liberal) ... 97 Following are details of the polling at the various booths :— o m O cv ■O tn *■• i*h a , a c "P P fc» CD ~ O <D U O O Lyttnlton Courthouse 513 300 210 43 42 Lyttelton Oddfellows' Hall .. .. 288 92 78 9 11 Heathcoie .. .. 98 45 35 7 11 Woolstoa Oddfellows' Hall .. .. 303 80 99 19 S Woolston School .. 371 58 89 51 5 Cashmere Hills .. 71 255 51 16 5 Opawa .. ..242 215 149 44 < Redeliffs .. .. 38 72 44 10 ! Sumner .. .. 79 233 67 11 : Governors Bay .. 7 24 7 3 i Teddington .. .. 1 18 4 5 : Gbarterisßay .. 0 20 3 1 ! Purau .... 2 6 8 4 Port Levy .. .. 7 26 5 1 Pigeon Bay .. .. 12 27 20 2 Little Akaloa .. 11 42 9 5 Okain'sßay ' .. 32 8 17 30 Lβ Bon's Bay .. 0 39 27 2

Totals ~

2075 1500 922 2G3 97


The second ballot will be taken on Tuesday next (Anniversary Day), and there is a strenuous week ahead of the two contestants, Messre "Miller and MeCombs. The supporters of both candidates express themselves as confident Everything depends, of course, on bow tbe 1282 votes oast for Messrs Laurenson, Thacker and Radclififo will be placed, while there are also 1692 voters who did not go to tbe poll on Tuesday to be reckoned with. The opinion is expressed that Mr McOombs received every vote from hie solid supporters and may be expeced to bold all these in tbe second ballot. jlt is considered certain that the Government candidate will taken a very large proportion of the votea cast for Mr Laurenson. Mr Miller has a handicap on Tuesday's figures of slightly over 500 votes, and, taking no ac count of the 1692 votes unrecorded, be will require to capture about threefourth of the votes recorded for the three unsuccessful candidates.

Contrary to most expectation?, the polling was not very heavy. The Re turning Officer informed a reporter that the total number on tbe roll was 6652, while the number of votes cast 49(30, included 43 informal votes, thus leaving 1692 who have not voted. NEXT TUESDAY'S RESULTS. Tbe results of tbe second ballot will be shown at tbe "Akaroa Mail" Office again on Tuesday next, arrangements having been made to get the results through as soon as possible after the closing of tbe poll at 7pm,

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THE FIRST BALLOT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4357, 12 December 1913

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THE FIRST BALLOT. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4357, 12 December 1913

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