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CITY ELECTIONS.

MAYORAL CONTEST. OFFICIAL RETUiiNS. MR ARCHER'S MAJORITY, 424. At one o'clock yesterday, Mr Albert Freeman, substitute Keturning Officer, was in a position to announce the official result of the election of the Mayor of Christ church as follows: J. K. Archer .. 15,536 W. Hayward .. 15,112 Majority for Archer 424 The total number of votes polled was 31.00S: of these SCO were informal. Of the total of about 1500 votes by declaration only 51 were allowed, aad one of these was informal. The votes by declaration were cast as follows: Archer 27; Havward 23. Mr t'reeman said, referring to the 360 informal votes, that the informalities were of the usual character. In some instances it had been a difficult task to decide on the validity of the doubtful papers. Papers on which the candidate's name was followed by a cross were allowed, as also were papers marked 1 and 2. He had informed the scrutineers of the basis on which he was "Thflcrutineer, (Messrs M. E. Lyons and J. S. Barnett) expressed themselves as satisfied with that basis.

VALIDITY'OF VOTES. USE OF THE CROSS. K question has arisen as to whether the Returning Officer has done right in allowing as valid papers on which the voter has paced a cross alongside the name of one of the candidates The Local Elections and Polls Amendment Act (Section 8) sets out that the voter is to indicate the candidate or candidates for whom he wishes to vote *bv striking out the names of tho candidate or candidates for whom the voter did not intend to vote." A proreads: "Provided that.no voting paper shall be rejected as intonnal that clearly indicates the candidate or candidates for whom the voter intended to vote, whether such indication i» made in the manner prescribed by tins section or otherwise." . So far the legal position in respect to votes at municipal elections does not appear to have been determined by any decision of the Court of Appeal in the Westland election (Parliamentary) petition case in 1926 their Honours Mr Justice Stringer and Mr Justice Ostler held that the placing of a cross (instead of striking out the name of the unwanted candidate) indicated the voter's intention to vote for the candidate against whose name the cross was placed, and stated that the same principle had been applied in English cases.

DEPUTY'S BLUNDER. I RECTIFIED BY OFFICIAL COUNT. It will be recalled that on election night some confusion was caused owing to the figures telephoned by a Deputy Returning Officer, jin connexion with the Mayoral election, not agreeing with the figures entered on the official form setting out the number of votes recorded at one booth for the candidates. On election night the Town Clerk (Mr J. S. Neville) received the fignre" over the telephone as:—Archer, IVW; Hayward, 108. When the Deputy* papers came to hand the figures were: —Archer, 108; Hayward, 198—a reversal of the telephoned figures and involving a reduction of Mr Archer s total and an increase of Mr HayIn the course of the official count it was found that the Deputy had made a mistake in filling in the official return and that the correct figures were those taken over the telephone by the Town Clerk—Archer. 198; Hayward, 108. In two other instances the telephoned results did not tally with the figures given on the official return. The Knox Church schoolroom results, as telephoned, were 50 short of the number polled for Mr Archer; at the Sydenham Library the telephoned results credited Mr Archer with 52 more votes than actually were polled.

INSTALLATION OF MAYOR. PUBLIC CEREMONY ON WEDNESDAY. PROCEDURE IP NEW COTJNCILLORS NOT ELECTED. The installation of Mr J. K. Archer as Mayor of Christchureh will take place in the City Council Chambers on Wednesday evening by the Town Clerk (Mr J. S. Neville). A general invitation will be issued to the public to attend. Written invitations will b« issued only to Councillors and ex-Coun-cillors and their wives. The procedure followed in the case of a fitting Mayor who has baeij reelected is that the Town Clerk declares the result of the election and the Mayor then divests himself of the cbam of office. The chain is k«riedto the defers The newly-elecwa ti aa will sign the customary declaration <*> **%£* Substitute Returning Officer ing Officer being unable to make an official declaration of the result of the ! election of Councillors in time, f°r the installation ceremony on Wednesday nieht This contingency is provided for in the Act. which stipulates:— "Every Councillor will come into office on the day of his election and shall, unless his office sooner becomes vacant, continue in office till his successor i» elected and cornea into office." If the official count is not completed on Wednesday the position will be that the members of the old Council still will be in office. However, it is fairly certain that the count will be completed in time for the newly-elected Councillors to make the statutory declaration on Wednesday sight.

DECLARATION VOTES.

CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH . THBY ARE ALLOWED. Some 900 resident! of Oiristchurch imagined on election day that all they had to do in order to tot*, when their names could not be fooiid on the roll, was to make a declaration that they possessed the qualification* entitling them to rote. They had not taken the trouble, apparently, to put in a claim for enrolment before the rolls closed, but, in their simplicity, did not know that thia debarred then, from voting bv declaration. It was explained in Wednesdays issue of The Pass* that, according, .to a legal opinion of Mr T. F. Martinvoting bv declaration could be done onlv in these circumstances :—(*\ The voter must have had the necessary qualifications; (b) the Town Clerk, or his assistants, must have had knowledge of the qualifications: and (c > th© voter's name must have been omitted from the roll by inadvertence It will be noted that the essential factor is the last-named—the inadvertent omission of the name from the roll. This presupposes that application for enrolment, in proper form. has been niadc. Of a total of 959 votes by declaration in the J'ayoral election only ol were allowed. In tome instances the necessity for votingby 'declaration arose from names being inadvertently omitted from t'ie roll, and in some instances to names **• the roll being misspelled.

COUNT OF VOTES FOR COUNCILLORS. QUOTA TO BE DETERMINED TO-DAY. Aa soon as the official count la tfce Mayoral election was completed rearerday morning a start was made by the Substitute Returning Officer (Mr Albert Freeman) and his staff with the official count of the votes east for the electioa of City Councillors. In order to ascertain the quota rt quired to secure the election of a e&ndi date it is necessary to cheek every roting paper, and to make a fresh count ©f first preference votes. When this has been completed, the total of first preference votes is divided by seventeen, being one more than the number of seats required to be filled, and one ii added to the total, whieh becomes the quota. At 9.30 o'clock last night, when Mr Freeman and hU staff ceased operations for the day, the checking of all the flrrt preference votes had not been com pleted, and, consequently, it waa not possible to state what is the quota. Not very many papers required to be gone through, and Mr Freeman anticipated that some time before noon to-day the task of checking the first preferences, or choices, will be completed and the quota arrived at. Possibly it will l# between 1700 aid 1800. As soon as the actual quota is obtained a start will be made immediately with the distribution of Mr D. G. Sullivan'a surplus amongst the candidates marked "Z" ©n his papers.

NEW BRIGHTON.

PINAL FIGURES FOB BOIMW**. The final cowt for the New Bright** Borough election it u follow*: - ■■•- Mayoralty. J. H. Shaw .. ».. 785 [Elected.] E. A. M. Leaver .. 618 A. W. Owies .. ..616 Borough OmomlL G. W. Bishop .. .. 1347 F. D. Muirsoa .. lift A. E. Lawry ... .. lttT E. A. M. Leaver .. Ho# E. L. Smith .. .-» HOT J. a Ainswerth ... MOT J. McCreanor .. .. 'MS B. A. Stokes .. *. Ml S. J. B. Bargrovw .. M* [Elected.} W. S. Bussell .. .. S6S T. Eobina .. .. T« B, E. Holloway .. 68t J. Orsborn .. .. 661 J. K. Aitken .„ ... 6*T W. Greenwood .. SM M. T. Dalton .. .. 6tf D. A. Clarke .. .. 6» Informal .. .. lit The official count by the Betaniftf Officer (Mr C. T. Middleton) make* M change in the composition of the »ow Council as announced on Thursday, b«t two alterations have been made in the order. The first count gave Mr Lawty second piaee on the poll, with a majority of six votes over Mr Muirson. Tn« official count places Mr Mnirson aeeond on the poll with a majority of two ToUe over Mr Lawry. Mr Stokes, a mambar of the retiring Council, was prsTioaaly placed ninth on the list, but the official eount places him one vote above Mr Bargrove, who is now in the bottom i position of those elected.

TMARIT. OFFICIAL RECOUNT. The following is toe official i §•»■*• for the Mayoralty and local U*f •tactions in Timaro:— Mayoralty. W. Angland .. •• «*f P. C. Vinnell ■• •• jS Informal .. •• ** Borough OaaaaO. A. Kennedy • • ■ • **!! F. B. Hawkey .. • • *fj[* T. W. Sattertltwaite -. «»W> W. H. Hunt •• -- ***» M. H. Bichard. .. *' *S T. Chittoek -• -• **•* J. Todd .- •- 3lap Sleeted. S. A. Odell •■ "J*** W. J. Tnttoa - - • • l*** informal .. •• ** Boots Canterbury Hospital Beat*. R. B. Griffiths .. - - SStT A. Goodall ... **B* Dr. C. A. Pateraoa .. .. ttts Elected.. J. W. Adams .. .. f 1»T J. R. Saedden .. .. 11*7 Informal .. .. I*B Timam Harbour Board. D. C. Tnrnbull .. .. 4011 G. T. Dawson .. . • *?•* E. K. Isaac .. -. **T* Elected. J. G. Leckie .. .. 131* Informal .. .. *1 la aa advertisement ela—aia Messrs W. K. McAlptne and G. H Jadd advertise -their candidature for a seat am the Harbour Beard i* evamaia* with the eJedaoti to take plaee ea Wednesday next, tha BUi iflt*. ,

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CITY ELECTIONS., Press, Volume LXV, Issue 19610, 4 May 1929

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