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THE ELECTIONS.

Ox Wednesday, pursuant to notification, the nomination of candidates lor the representation of the Pensioner Settlements and the Southern Division took place at Ouehunga. The show of hands for the Pensioner Settlements was in favour of Captain Symonds, a poll being demanded by Captain Balneavis. The show of hands for the Southern Division was in favour of Captain Haultain, a poll being demanded by Mr. David Graham. On Friday the Returning Officer informed the Candidates for the vacant seat for the Pensioner Settlements that on reterence to the Writ it was found necessary to return it to the Governor on that day, and that the state of the Poll would be declared from the hustings at Onehunga at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, at which hour a large number of the constituents were anxiously awaiting to hear the declaration of the Returning Officer that Captain Symonds had been duly elected, but in consequence of the non-amval of the lteturns fro.v Howick and Panmure until 7 o'clock in the evening of that day, the Returning Officer did not reach Onehunga until 8 o'clock. When it was found that he hnd arrived, many of the Pensioners assembled to hear the welcome intelligence. To save the election (the writ being returnable within 20 days) it was necessiry to declare the poll at that late hour ; and had the Returning Officer not proceeded to Onehunga for that purpose even at so " unusual an hour," our contemporary would have had to mourn over, or rejoice in, as the case might be, an informal election. The poll was declared from the hustings in front of the Court House at f -past 8 o'clock, as follows:

Captain Symonds was therefore declared to be duly returned.

Southern Division Election.— On the evening <>f Saturday, the Ist instant, a crowded meeting of settlers, traders, and other inhabitants of Waiukn, was lip!<l >n Campbells Hotel. Mr. Thomas Williamson having been called to the chair, made a few rem«rks on the interest Mr. D. Graham had always manifested in the \\ aiuku District, and the exertions he had made towards opening up the means of communication with the Waikato District, and of the Southern Division generally. The chairman considered that, of the two candidates, Mr. Graham was unquestionably the most suitable. Messrs. Shepherd, Scott, and other gentlemen, also addressed the meeting at some length in support of Mr. Graham, and expressed their determination to place him at the hf>ad of the poll. The chairman having called for a show of hands a unanimous vote and three hearty cheers were given for the favori c candidate. The meeting then separated, entrusting the important business of the polling day (Saturday) to the efiicient committee that had called them together. — [ Communica ted. ]

Luckland Fewmdrket Inehunga anmure . Itahuhu . [owick bymond . 14 . 8 . 127 . 30 . 63 . 20 [is .balnea vis. 90 6 10 32 6 92 2fi2

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THE ELECTIONS., Daily Southern Cross, Volume XV, Issue 1132, 4 May 1858

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THE ELECTIONS. Daily Southern Cross, Volume XV, Issue 1132, 4 May 1858

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