CABS AND ELECTIONS.
THE GISBORNE CASE. (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) GISBORNE, 'this day. In the Magistrate's Court to-day the case brought by the police against G. E. Darton, a candidate at the recent second ballot at the general election, was resiuned this morning. The Crown Prosecutor intimated that signed receipts for cab hire had been sent in with the accused's vouchers, claiming the £50 allowed to second' ballot candidates. Counsel for the defendant was prepared to admit that electors were carried in carriages, but his Worship said the admissions.. could not. be, taken, the offence being, an indictable one. H. E. Hill (Returning Officer) stated that defendant told him prior to the second ballot that he desired to withdraw, as he did not think he had a chance and did not feel justified in going to iurthfer expense. Witness informed him that he could not retire, the second ballot being compulsory. Defendant asked whether he was within his rights in charging cab hire. Witness replied 'that, as far as he (witness) was aware he thought defendant could do so. That was his impression. He had not looked the point up. Witness was about the booths on the day of the ballot, and saw nothing to lead him to suppose tljat the supporters of qne. candidate were being , brought to the poll more than the supporters of the other. Darton was committed for trial. Counsel for the defence, said the defendant thought he was quite within his rights in bringing voters to the poll. No discrimination was used, nor were electors told who they should vote for.
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