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PROCLAMATION.

By His Excellency Sir George Grey, a Knight Commander of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath, Go-veraor-in-Chief & Commancler-in- Chief in and over the Islands of New Zealand, and Vice-Admiral of the same, &c, &c., &o. Preamble reciting 15 & 16 Yict. Keg. cap. Isxii, "An Act to grant a Representative Constitution to the Islands of New Zealand."— 3oth June, 1852 Whereas, by an Act of the Session of the Imperial Parliament, holden in the fifteenth and sixteenth years of the reign of her Majesty Queen Victoria, chap. 72, it is amongst other things enacted :— That it shall be lawful for the Governor of New Zealand, by Proclamation, to constitute within each of the said Provinces, by the above in part recited Act established, convenient Electoral

districts for the election of the Superintendent—of Members of the Provincial Council—and of the House of Representatives of New Zealand—and to make provision fcr the Registration and Revision of Lists of all persons qualified to vote at the Elections to be holden within such districts—and for the appointing of Returning Officers—and for issuing, executing and returning the necessary writs for such Elections, and for taking the poll thereat, and for determining the validity of all disputed returns, and otherwise for insuring the orderly, effective, and impartial conduct of such elections. And whereas, by the said recited act, power is given to the Governor, by Proclamation, to declare certain places to be Towns for the purposes of the said Act. Now therefore, I, the Governor-in-Chief of New Zealand, in pursuance and by.virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the said in part recited Act, and under and by virtue of all other powers and authorities enabling me in that behalf, do hereby proclaim, declare, direct, and appoint as follows :—: —

Sec. I.—General Assembly.' I.—Number of Members to be Elected. The House of Representatives for the Islands of New Zealand shall consist of Thirty-seven Members. 2 —Number of Electoral Districts. The said Islands, for the purposes of the I Election of the Members of the House of Representatives, shall be divided into twenty four Electoral Districts, to be named as follows: — 1. The City of Auckland. 2. The Suburbs of Auckland. ! 3. The Pensioner Settlements. | 4. The Northern Division. 5. The Southern Division. 6. The Bay of Islands. 7. The Town of New Plymouth. 8. The Grey and Bell Districts. 9. The Omata District. 10. The City of Wellington. 11. The Wellington Country District. 12. The Hutt District. 13. The Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay -Districts. 14. The Wanganui & Rangitikei Districts. 15. The Town of Nelson. 16. The Waimea Districts. IT. The Motueka & Massacre Bay Districts. 18. The Wairau District;. 19. The Town of Christchurch. 20. The Christchurch Country District. 21. The Town of Lyttelton. 22. The Akaroa District. 23. The Town of Dunedin. 24. The Dunedin Country District. The boundaries of the said Districts being particularly set forth and described in the schedule, and delineated on the maps or plans hereunto annexed. 3.—Number of Members of the House of Representatives for each District. The number of Members to be elected to serve in the Plouse of Representatives for the said several Districts shall be as follows, viz: — -, 1. For the City of Auckland, Three members. 2. For the Suburbs of Auckland, Two members. 3. For the Pensioner Settlements, Two members. 4. For the Northern Division, Two members. 5. For the Southern Division, Two members. " 6. For the Bay of Islands, One member. 7. For the Town of New Plymouth, One member. 8. For the Grey and Bell Districts, One member. 9 For the Omata District, One member. 10. For the City of Wellington, Three members. 11. For the Wellington Country District, One member. 12. For the Hutt District, Two members. 13. For the Wairarapa and Eawke's Bay Districts, One member. 14. For the Wanganui and Rangitikei Districts, One member. 15. FortheTown of Nelson, Two members 16. For the Waimea District, Two members. 17. For the Motueka and Massacre Bay Districts, One member. 18. For the Wairau District, One member 19. For the Town of Chri&tchurch, One member. 20. For the Christchurch Country District, Two members. 21. For the Town of Lyttelton, One member. 22. For the Akaroa District, Onemember. 23. For the Town of Dunedin, One member. 24. For the Dunedin Country District, Two members.

Sec. 11. SUPERINTENDENTS & PROVINCIAL COUNCILS. Province of Auckland. 4.—Number of Members of Provincial Council. The Provincial Council of the said Province shall con&isfc of Twenty-four Members. s.—Number. —Number of Electoral Districts. - The Province of Auckland, for^ the purposes of the election of the Superintendent and the Members of the Provincial Council thereof, shall be divided into Six Electoral districts, to be named as follows, viz.: — 1. The City of Auckland. 2. The Suburbs of Auckland. 3. The Pensioner Settlements. 4. The Northern Division. 5. The Southern Division. 6. The Bay of Islands.

The boundaries of the said Districts being particularly set forth and described in the Schedule, and delineated on the maps or plans hereunto annexed. * 6.— Number of Members of the Provincial Council for each district. The number of members to be elected to serve in the Provincial Council for the said several districts in the Province of Auckland shall be as follows — 3 . For the City of Auckland, Six member?. 2. For the Suburbs of Auckland, Four members. 3. For the Pensioner Settlements, Four members. 4. For the Northern Division, Four members. 5. For the Southern Division, Four members. 6.. F0r the Bay of Islands, Two members Province of New Plymouth. 7, — .Numbers of, Members of Provincial Council. The Provincial Council of the said Province shall consist of nine members. 8. — Number of Electoral Districts. The Province of New Plymouth, for the purposes of the Election of the Superintendent and the members of the Provincial Council thereof, shall be divided into three Electoral districts, and shall be as follows, viz.: — 1. The Town of New Plymouth. 2. The Grey and 801 l Districts. 3. The Omata District. The boundaries of the said districts being particularly set forth and described in the Schedule, and delineated on the maps or plans hereunto annexed. 9. — Number of Members of the Provincial Council for each District. The number of Members to be elected to serve in the Provincial Council for the said several districts in the Province of New Plymouth shall be as follows : — 1. For the Town of New Plymouth, Two members. 2. For the Grey and Bell Districts, Four members. 3. For the Omata District, three members. Province of Wellington. 10. — Number of Members of Provincial Council. The Provincial Council of the said Province shall consist of Eighteen Members. 11. — Number of Electoral Districts. The Province of Wellington for the purposes of the election of the Superintendent and the Members of the Provincial Council thereof, shall be divided into Five Electoral Districts, to be named as follows, viz.: — 1. The City of Wellington. 2. The Wellington Country District. 3. The Hutt District. 4. The Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay District. 5. The Wanganui & Rangitikei Districts. The Boundaries of the said districts being particularly set forth and described in the Schedule, and .delineated in the Maps or Plains hereunto annexed. 12. — Number of Members of the Provincial Council for each District. The number of members to be elected to serve in the Provincial Council for the said several Districts shall be as follows, viz :—: — 1. For the City of Wellington, Seven members. 2. For the Wellington Country District, Three members 3. For the Hutt District, Four members. 4. For the Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay Districts, Two members. 5. For the Wanganui and Kangitikei Districts, Two members. Province of Nelson. 13. — Number of Members of Provincial Council. The Provincial Council of the said Province shall consist of fifteen Members. 14. — Number of Electoral Districts. The Province of Nelson, for the purposes of the Election of the Superintendent, and Members of the Provincial Council thereof shall be divided into Several Electoral Districts, to be named as follows :—: — 1. The Town of Nelson. 2. The Suburban Districts. 3. The Waimea East District. 4. The Waimea West District. 5. The TWnnea Soutb District. 6. The Motueka and Mawacre Bay Districts. 7. The Wairau District. The boundaries, &c, — see The Number of Members to be elected to serve in the Provincial Council for the j said several Districts shall be as follows :—: — 15. — Number of Members of the Provincial Council of each District. ! 1. For the Town of Nelson Five Members. 2. For the Suburban Districts One Member. 3. For the Waimea East District Two Members. 4. For the Waimea West District One Member. 5. For the Waimea South District Two Members. 6. For the Motueka and Massacre Bay Districts Two Members. 7. For the Wairau District Two Members. Province op Canterbury. 16. Number of Members of Provincial Council. The Provincial Council of the said Province shall consist of Twelve members. 17.— -Number of Electoral Districts. The Province of Canterbury, for the purposes of the election of the Superintendent and the members of the Provincial Council

thereof, shall be divided into Four Electoral Districts, to be named as follows, viz.: — 1. The Town of Christchuroli. 2. The Christchur'cb Country District, 3. The Town of i^ytteltod. 4. The Akaroa District. The boundaries, &c. —see schedule. 18. —Number of Members of the Provincial Council for each District. The number of members to be elected to serve in the Provincial Council for the said several districts shall be as follows. 1. For the Town of Christchurch, Three members. 2 For the Christchurch Country District Four members. 3. For the Town of- Lyttelton, Three members. 4. For the Akaroa District, Two members. ' - Province of Otago. 19. —Number of Members of Provincial , • Council , J The provincial Council of the said Province shall consist of Nine Members. 20. —Number of Electoral Districts. The Province of Otago for the purposes of the Election of the Superintendent and the Members of the Provincial Council thereof, shall be divided into two Electoral Districts, to be named as follows ;—; — 1. The Town ofDunedin. 2. The Dunedin Country District. ' The boundaries, &c, —see schedule. 21. —Numbers of Members of the Provincial Council for each District. The number of Members to be elected to serve in the Provincial Council for the said several Districts,shall be as follows: 1, For the Town of Dunedin Three Members. 2. For the Dunedin Country District Six Members. j

Sec. in. —General Regulations. 22 —Qualifications of Voters. Pursuant to the Provisions of the above recited Act, every man of the age of 21 years and upwards, having a freehold estate in possession, situate within the District for which the vote is to be given, of the clear value of £50 above all charges and encumberances, and of or to which he lias been seized or entitled^, either at law or in equity for at least six calender months next before the last registration of electors—or having a lease-hold estate in possession, situate within such a district, of the clear annual value of Ten pounds, held upon a lease which at the time of such registration, shall not have less than three years to run, or having a leasehold estate sojsituate and of such value as aforesaid, of which he has been ■in possession for three years or upwards next before such registration —or being a householder within such district occupying a tenement within the limits of the town, of the clear annual value of £10 —or without the limits of a town, of the clear annual value of £5, having resided therein six calender months next before such registration as aforesaid, shall, if duly registered be entitled to vote at the election of a Superintendent of a Province, or of a Member or Members of the Provincial Council thereof, or of a Member or Members of the House of Eepresentatives, provided that he is not an alien —and that he has not at any time heretofore been attainted or convicted of any treason, felony, or any infamous offence within any part of her Majesty's Dominions unless he shall have received a free pardon, or shall have undergone the sentence or punishment to which he shall have been adjudged for such offence. 23. —Claims to be preferred. No person shall he qualified to vote at the election of any Superintendent of a Province, or of any Member of the House of Representatives, or of the Members of the Provincial Council of any of the Provinces, as aforesaid, unless he shall prefer a claim to the right of voting, and unless such claim be duly enrolled as hereafter prescribed. 24—Form, &c, of Claim. Every such claim shall be in writing, and shall state the name of the District or Districts in respect of which it shall be made, and shall be signed by the Claimant, or by some other person in his name and by his authority, and shall state also the place of abode and calling or business of the Claimant, and the qualification in respect of which such Claim may be made. 25. WheU tU W proforro-l. No such Claim as aforesaid shall be received unless it be made between the 15 th. day of April next and the 15th day of May next, or in the month of April in some succeeding year. 2G. —Where to be preferred for certain Districts. Every person claining a right to vote for the Election of the Members of the House of Representatives —of the Superintendent —or of the Members of the Provincial Council in the following-Districts :—: — Province op Auckland. 1. The City of Auckland, 1 2. The Suburbs of Auckland, 3. The Pensioner Settlements, 4. The Northern Division, 5. The Southern Division, shall deliver his claim, or cause the same to be delivered, at the Police Office at Auckland. 6. The Bay of Islands—shall .deliver his claim, or cause the same to he delivered at the Police Office at Russell. Province of New Plymouth. 1. The town .of New Plymouth, 2. The Grey and Bell Districts. 3. The' Oroata District, shall deliver his claim, or cause the jamft

to be delivered at the Police office at New Plymouth. ' 'Province op Wellington. 1. The City of Wellington, 2. The Wellington Country District, phall deliver his claim, or * cause the same to be delivered, at the Resident Magistrate's Office at Wellington. 3. ThcHutt, 4. The Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay District shall deliver his claim, or cause the same to be delivered, at the Resident Magistrate's Office in the Valley of the Hutt. 5. The Wanganui and Rangitikei Districts—shall deliver his' r claim, or cause the same to be delivered, at the Resident Magistrate's Office at Wanganui. Province op Nelson. r 1. The Town of Nelson shall deliver his claim, or cause the same to be delivered, at " the Resident Magistrate's Office at Nelson. 2. The Waimea Districts — (for the election of Members of the House' of Representatives), {% The Suburban Districts, . j 3. The Waimea East District, or i 4. The Waimea West District, ■ \h. The Waimea South District, (for the election of the Superintendent and Members of the Provincial Council,) shall deliver his claim, or cause the same to be delivered, at the lvesident Magistrate's Office, Nelson, or at such places in the Waimea District, or in the Suburban Districts, the Waimea East District, the Waimea West District, the Waimea South District, respectively, (as the case may be ; ) as the Resident Magistrate at Nelson may, by public notice, direct and appoint. 6. The Motueka and Massacre Bay District — stall deliver his claim, or cause the same to be delivered, at such place in the Motueka District as the Resident Magistrate at Nelson may, by public notice, direct and appoint. 7. The Wairau District shall deliver his claim, or cause the same to be delivered, at such place as the Resident Magistrate at Nelson may, by public notice, direct and appoint. Province of Canterbury. 1. The Town of Christchurch, 2. The Christchurch Country District, shall deliver his claim, or cause the same to be delivered, at the Resident Magistrate's Office at Christchurch, or at such other place or places asthe Resident Magistrate at Lyttelton may, by public notice, direct and appoint. 3. The Town of Lyttelton shall deliver his claim, or cause the same to be delivered, at the Resident Magistrate's Office at Lyttelton. - 4. The Akaroa District shall deliver his claim, or cause the same to be delivered, at the Resident Magistrate's Office at Akaroa. Province op Otago. 1. The Town of Dunedin, 2. The Dunedin Country District, shall deliver his claim, or cause the same to bo delivered at the Registrate's Office Dunedin, or at such other place or places as the Rpgisfcrnte nt Dunodiu ixiuy, by public notice, direct and appoint 27. List of Claims to be prepared. On the 15th day of May next, and on the 13th day, of April in every succeeding year, or as soon after as conveniently may be, the Resident Magistrate, or some other fit person or persons to be appointed by the Governor in that behalf, at each of the abovenames offices in the respective Districts in the Islands of New Zealand and several Pro- • vinces as aforesaid, shall respectively cause a list to be prepared of the claims which have been deliverpd at such respective offices as aforesaid in pursuance of this proclamation, setting forth the Christian and Surname of every claimant at full length, together with his place of abode, calling, or business, and the ground on which his claim may be made, and arranging the names in alphabetical order, and classing them for the several Districts for which they may respectively claim to be entitled to vote. 28. And to be Published. On or before the 15th day of June next, every such Resident Magistrate, or other person as aforesaid, shall, as soon as conveniently may be, cause a copy of the List of Claims, and in the month of June in every succeeding year, shall cause a copy of the List of Claims which may have been preferred in pursuance of this Proclamation, together with a copy of the Electornl "Roll t !'pn in fovaog to hv pubied in some conspicuous place in the District, to which the f said List and Roll shall especially relate, and shall subjoin thereto a Notice, that all objections thereto will be heard and determined at a meeting of justices open to the public, and to be held on a day to be specified in such Notice, not being more than one calendar month after the date thereof. 29. Justices to prepare Electoral Roll. ■ < Each such Resident Magistrate or other person shall call a Special Meeting of the Justices- of the Peace, residing within the District or Districts to which the said claims may relate, to be held. on the day so to be specified as aforesaid, for the purpose of hearing and determining objections to such List and Roll as aforesaid, and of forming the Roll for the ensuing year of persons qualified to vote under the provisions of the said recited Ordinance 30. Objections to Claims. Any person whose name shall be on any such List or Roll may object to any other jerson as not entitled to have his name retained on the Electoral Roll.' But; the paeon £0 objecting shall, ten days at least before the day appointed for the formation of such Electoral Roll, cause notice in writing of such, objection, and of the ground thereof,

r to be given to the Resident Magistrate or other the person acting for the District, and also to the person objected to. 31. Electoral Roll how to be formed. At a meeting to be held for the formation j of the said Electoral Roll, or at some adjournment of such meeting, the Justices (any two being a quorum) shall retain on the List of Claims, and on the Roll then in force, the names of all persons to whom no objectiori shall have been duly made, and shall also retain on the said Lists and Rolls the name of every person who shall have been objected to, unless the party objecting shall appear in person in support of such objection. 32. — Proof of qualification in what case - required. In case the party objecting shall make his ■ objections in person, and 1 shall prove such service of notice as aforesaid, the Court shall 'require proof of the Qualification of the person so objected to : and in case the qualification of such person shall not be proved to the satisfaction' of the Court, the name 'of such person shall be expunged from the List or Roll. The Court shall < also- expunge therefrom the name of ,every person who shall be proved to be dead, and shall correct any mistake, or shall supply any omission, which should be proved to have been made therein respectively, in respect of the name or the place of abode of any person who shall be included therein, or in respect of the local description of his property ; and the Lists and Roll so corrected shall form the Electoral Roll for the ensuing year, and shall be signed by the Resident Magistrate, or other the person presiding at such meeting of Justices as aforesaid. 33. — The Electoral Roll how long in Force. The persons whose names shall be so enrolled thereon shall be deemed and taken lo be the Electors of the District until the completion of the Electoral Roll for the year next ensuing ; and every person whose name shall appear upon such Electoral Roll shall be deemed to be duly qualified to vote for the district in respect of which his name shall appear upon such Roll without any further or other inquiry, revision, or scrutiny whatever. And when the name of any person claiming to be placed upon such Roll shall once have been duly enrolled thereon, such name shall from, year to year continue to bo published as aforesaid" and be retained on the Electoral Roll for the time being without any further claim on the part of the Elector, until his name be objected to, and shall be duly expunged in manner hereinbefore prescribed. 34. — Copy of Electoral Roll to be published. As soon as conveniently may be after the annual revision of such Roll, the Resident Magistrate, or such other person as aforesaid, sh,all cause copies thereof to be published for general information : and the original ' Roll shall be preserved by him as long as it shall remain in force, open to the inspection of any Elector, at reasonable times, on the payment of one shilling. . 35.— Polling Places. Province of Auckland. The Polling Places for the following Districts in the Province of Auckland, viz. : — 1. The City of Auckland, 2. The Suburbs of Auckland, 3. The Northern Division, shall be at some', convenient place in the City of Auckland, to be specified by the Returning Officer. 4. The Pensioner Settlements, 5. The Southern Division, shall be at some convenient place in the village of Onehiinga to be specified by the Returning Officer. 6. The Bay of Islands, shall be at some convenient place in the Town of Russell, to be specified by the Returning Officer. | Province op New Plymouth. i The Polling Places for the following Districts in the Province of New Plymouth, viz. : — 1. The Town of New Plymouth, 2. The Grey and Bell Districts, j 3. The. Omata District, shall ,be at some convenient place in the Town of New Plymouth, to bo specified by the Returning Officer. Province of Wellington. The Polling Places for the following Districts in the Province of Wellington, viz :—: — 1. The City of Wellington, 2 The Wellington Country District, oLall be at some convenient place in the City of Wellington, to be specified by the j Returning Officer. j 3. The Huft District— shall be at some ! convenient place in the Valley of the Hutt, [ to be specified by the Returning Officer. [ 4. The Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay Districts — shall be at some convenient place or places, to be specified by the Returning Officer. 5. The Wanganui and Rangifcikei Districts — shall be at some convenient place at Wangtvnui to be specified by the Returning Officer. Province of Nelson. The Polling Places for the following Districts in the Province of Nelson, viz. : — 1. The Town of Nelson — shall be at some convenient place in 'the Town of Nelson, to be specified by the Returning Officer. 2. The Waimea difctricts'.— " ' . C 2. The Suburban Districts, j 3. The Waimea East District, '•■ or 1 4. The Waimea West District, I 5. The Waimea South District, shall, for the Election' of the Members of j the House of Representatives, be at some j convenient place 1 or places in the Waimea District, or for the Election of the Superin- ! tendenfc or Members of the Provincial Coun- 1 cil ; atsomo convenient place or place's in i

■ the Suburban Districts, the Wairaea East District, the Waimea West District, the Wairaea South District, (respectively as the case may be), to be specified by the Returning Officer. 6. The Motueka and Massacre Bay Districts — shall be at some convenient place or places in the Motueka District to be specified by the Returning Officer. 7. The Wairau District — shall be at some convenient place or places to be specified by the Returning Officer.

Province op Canterbury. The Polling Places for the following Districts in the Province of Canterbury, viz. : — 1. The Town of Christchurch. 2. The Christchurch Country District, shall be at some convenient place in the Town.. of Christchurch to be specified by the -Returning Officer. - 3. The Town of Lyttel ton— shall •be at some convenient place in the Town of Lyttel ton to be. specified by the Returning Officer. ' ' ' :4. The Akaroa District-^- shall be at some convenient place at Akaroa to be specified by the.Re.tur.mßg Officer. Province of Otago. The Polling Places for the following Districts in the Province of Otago, viz. : — 1. The Town of Dunedin, 2. The Dunedin Country District — shall be at some convenient place or places in the Town of Dunedin or in the Dunedin Country District, to be specified by the Returning Officer. 36 —Additional Polling Places. If additional Polling Places are found necessary for any of the Districts in the above mentioned Provinces, they shall be at such places as the Governor, or the Superintendent of the Province, may from time to time, by public notice, appoint. 37. — Principal Returning Officers of Capital Towns. The Principal Returning Officer of the Capital Town of each Province shall be the Resident Magistrate of the District in which such Capital Town is situated, or such other person as the Governor may from time to time appoint.

Returning Officers. The Returning Officers for the above mentioned Electoral Districts in the Islands of New Zealand, and situated respectively in the Provinces above named, shall be the Resident Magistrate residing in the District, or such other person as the Governor, or the person deputed by him in tiiat behalf, may from time to time appoint. 38 —Writs for Elections. The Writs for the Election of the Superintendents of Provinces, of the Members of the House of Representatives, and of the Members of the Provincial Councils, shall be issued by the Governor under his hand, and shall be directed to the Returning Officer for the District, and shall state the number of days within which such Writs shall be made returnable to the said Governor. 39. Issue of Writs for supplying Vacancies in Provincial Council?. Whenever it shall be established to the satisfaction of the Superintendent of any one of the. Provinces as aforesaid, that the seat of any Member of the Provincial Council of such Province has become vacant, the Superintendent shall forthwith issue a Writ for the election of a new Member to serve in the place so vacated during the remainder of the term of the continuance of such Council, and no longer.

40. Days for Nomination and Election how fixed. The Returning Officer shall endorse on the Writ the day on which he may have received it, and shall fix the day of Nomination, and also the day on which the voting, if necessary, shall take place, and shall give not less than fourteen days public notice thereof respectively. 41. Returning Officer to preside at Nomination. On the day of nomination so to he fixed as aforesaid, the Returning Officer shall preside at a meeting to he holden at noon, at the chief Polling Place for the District, and shall declare the purpose for which such meeting is held : And if at such meeting there be no more candidates proposed than the number of Members to be returned, the Returning Officer shall declare such Candidate or Candidates to be duly elected, and shall make his return accordingly. 42. In case of a Contest. In the event of there being more Candidates than tbe number to be elected, the Returning Officer shall call for a .shew of hands separately in favour of each Candidate, and after such shew of hands, shall declare the person or persons on whom the election has fallen, and shall return the same accordingly, unless a Poll be demanded by some one of the Candidates, or by not less than six Electors on his behalf. 43. In case a Poll be demanded. On such demand as aforesaid' being made for a Poll, the Polling shall be taken on the day so to be fixed a s ; aforesaid, the voting to commence at any time after nine o'clock of the said day, and to close at four o'clock in the afternoon of the same day. 44. The Polling. ' The Polling shall take place before the Returning Officer or his Deputy, and the voting shall be conducted in the manner following, that is to say, — 45. Mode of Toting. Every Elector for the District may vote for any number of persons not exceeding the number of persons then to be chosen, by deli vci ing to the Returning Officer or his Deputy a voting paper containing the Christian names and Surnames of the persons for whom he votes, together with their place of

abode and description, and signed with the name of the Elector so voting, and setting forth his own place of abode and description. 40. What enquiry may he made. No inquiry shall be permitted at any such election as to the right of any person to vote except only as follows : that is to say, the Returning Offioer or his Deputy shall, if required by any two Electors for the District, put to any voter at the time of his delivering in of his voting paper, and not afterwards, the following questions, and no others: 1. Are you the person whoso name is signed as (A.8.) to the Voting Paper now delivered in by you ? 2. Are you the person whose name appears as (A.8.) on the Electoral Roll now in force for the District of ( )? ' 3. Have you already voted at the present Election ? And no person required to answer any of the said questions shall be permitted or qualified to. vote' until he shall have are swered.the same, 'the first .two affirmatively and the last negatively.' 47 State of the Poll in certain cases 'to be declared

As soon as conveniently may be after the Election of Members of ,the House of Representatives, and of Members' of the Provincial Council, shall have been held, the Returning Officer for the District shall at the place of nomination, openly declare the state of the Poll, and shall at the same time declare the name or names of the person or persons who may have been duly elected at such election. And in the event of the number of votes being found to have been equal for any two or more Candidates, he shall by his casting vote declare which of the said Candidates shall be elected : Provided that no Returning Officer shall vote at any Election of which he is the Re turning Officer, except in the case of an equality of votes as aforesaid. 48. — Names of persons elected Members of the House of Representatives or of a Provincial Council to be inserted in Writ. The name or names of the person or per- 1 sons so elected as Member of a Provincial Council, or as member of the House of Representatives, shall be inserted in or endorsed upon the Writ by the Returning Officer ; and such Writ shall be returned by him to the Governor or to the Superintendent, in the case of an. election to supply a vacancy in the Provincial Council within the time by which such Writ may be returnable.

49 — State of the Poll in certain cases to bo declared. As soon as conveniently ma}' be after ' the voting for the election of a Superintendent of a Province has closed in'any Elcctorial district, the Returning Officer of such District shall openly declare the state of the Poll, and shall, as soon as con veuiently may be, transmit a certified copy to the Principal Returning Officer of the Capital Town of the Province for which such election may have taken place ; and such Principal Returning Officer, so soon as he has received from the several Returning Officers of each Electoria'l District .in the Province certified copies of the state of the Poll in each District, shall openly declare and publicly notify the. same ; and shall at the same time openly declare & publicly notify the name of the person who may have been duly elected at such election, by a majority of the voters of the whole Province, to be Superintendent thereof : And in the event of the number of votes being found to have been equal for any two or more Candidates, such Principal Returnj ing Officer shall, by his casting vote, declare which of the said Candidates shall be elected ; provided that such Principal Returning officer shall not vote at the election for the Superintendent of the Piovince of which he is Principal Returning Officer, except in the case of an equality of votes as aforesaid. 50. — State of the Poll in each District to be inserted in Writ at Elections for Superintendent. The Returning Officer for each Electoral District, at the election for the office of Superintendent, shall insert in or endorse upon the Writ the state of the Poll when the voting in the district closed ; and such Writ shall then be returned by him to the Governor within the time by which such Writ may bo returnable. 51. — Voting Papers to be preserved. The Voting Papers, at such election, shall be kept, for the space of six calendar mouths after such election, by the Returning Officer, who shall permit any Elector to inspect the same upon payment of one ! shilling. 52. — New Writ in certain cases. In case any Writ to be issued by the Governor, or by any Superintendent, for supplying a vacancy shall not be duly exo- | cuted, or in case no valid Election shall be made by virtue thereof, the Governor or Superintendent, as the case may be, shall issue a new Writ, directing the Returning Qfficer to proceed to a Public Election, in manner and subject to the provisions here inbefore prescribed. 53. — Objections to Validity of Return of Superintendents. All complaints of the undue return of Superintendents of Provinces shall be addressed in the form of Petition to the Governor of New Zealand, stating the general objections. But no such Petition shall be noticed, nor ax\y proceedings taken thereon unless it be signed by some person who was a Candidate at the Election whereof it may bo allegod that an undue Return was made, or by a number of persons who voted, or were qualified to have voted at the said Election, amounting to not less than onetwentieth of tho wliolo number on the List

of Electors ; and no such Petition shall be noticed which shall not be delivered to the Principal Returning Officer of the Capital Town of the Province, for immediate transmission to the Governor, within fourteen days from the day of Election ; nor unless a copy thereof .shall have been served upon the party whose Return shall be objected to within such period of fourteen days as aforesaid. 54. — Objections to Validity of Return of Members of the House of Representatives All complaints of the undue Return of Members to serve in the House of Representatives shall be addressed in theforni of a Petition to the Governor stating, the ground of objection. But no Petition shall be noticed, nor any proceedings had thereon unless it be signed by some person who was a Candidate at the Election whereof it may be alleged that an undue Return was-made, or by a number of persons who voted, or who were qualified to have voted at tho'said Election, amounting to not less than one-twentieth of the whole number on the List of Electors ; and no such Petition shall be noticed which shall not be delivered to- the Returning Officer of the District, for immediate transmission to the Governor, within twenty-one days from the day of election ; nor unless a copy thereof shall have been served upon the party whose Return shall be objected to within such period of twenty-one days as aforesaid. Within ten days after any such Petition shall have been received at the Office of the Civil Secretary from the Returning Office if the General Assembly be then sitting or if the General Assembly be not then sitting, within ten days after its next meeting, The Governor, or some other person duly authorised by him in that behalf, shall cause such Petition to be referred to the said General Assembly, and the validity of the Return- so complained of shall be decided by such General Assembly, or by such other tribunal and in such manner as the said Assembly shall direct and nppoint. 55. — Objections to Validity of Return of Members of Provincial Council. All complaints of ' the undue return of Members to serve in the Provincial Councils shall be addressed in the form of Petition to the Superintendent of the Province, [ stating the ground of objection. But no petition shall be noticed, nor any proceedings had thereon, unless it be signed by some person who was a Candidate at the Election whereof it may be alleged that an undue return was made, or by a number 'of persons who voted, or who were qualified to have voted at the said Election, amounting to not less than one twentieth of the whole numberon the List of Electors. And no such petition shall be noticed which shall not bo delivered to the Returning Officer of the District, for immediate transmission to the Superintendent of the Province, within twenty-one days from the day of Election : nor unless a copy thereof shall have been served upon the party whose return shall be objected to within such period of twenty-one days as aforesaid. Within ten days after any such Petition shall have been received by the Snperintendent from the Returning Officer, if the said Council be then sitting, or if the Council be not then sitting, within ten days after its next meeting the Superintendent, or some other person duly authorised by him in that behalf, shall cause such Petition to be referred to the said .Council, and tho validity of the Return so complained of shall be decided by such Council, or by such other tribunal and in such manner as the said Council shall direct and appoint. 56 — Auckland, New Plymouth, Wellington Nelson, Cbristchurch,' .Lyttleton, and Dunedin, to be deemed Towns for purposes of this Proclamation ; and Auckland, New Plymouth. Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, and Dunedin, to be deemed Capital Towns for the purposes of this Proclamation. And I hereby further proclaim and declare, That Auckland, New Plymouth, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch. Lyttleton, and Dunedin, shall be deemed and taken to be Towns for the purposes of this Proclamation : And I hereby further proclaim and declare, That, for the purpose of this Proclamation, the Town of Auckland shall be deemed and taken to'be the Capital Town of the Province of Auckland ; the Town of New Plymouth to be the Capital Town of tho Province of New Plymouth ; the Towg of Wellington to be the Capital Town of the Province of Wellington ; the Town of Nelson to be .the Capital Town of the Province of Nelson ; the Town of Christchurch to be the Capital Town of the Province of Canterbury ; and the Town of Dunedin to be the Capital Town of the' Province of Otago. 57. — Proclamation to take effect from date. This Proclamation- shall take effect from the of the date hereof. Given under my hand, and issued under the Public Seal of the Islands of New Zealand, at Government House at WeI(L.S.) lington, in the Province of Wellington, in the Islands aforesaid, this Fifth day of March, in the year of our Lord one' thousand eight hundred and fifty-three. G. Grey, Governor-in-Chief. By His Excellency's command, Alfred Domett. Civil Secretary. * God Save the Queen!

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PROCLAMATION., Daily Southern Cross, Volume X, Issue 602, 5 April 1853

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