ADVANTAGE TO GOVERNMENT I The extent of ithe influence of _ the. servicemen's voting in giving the Government its present majority is shown by the number of seats which have been in the balance Four prospective Nationalist gains were turned on Saturday night by the servicemen's vote, and there is the possibility of further changes as the votes'come to hand.
, At a late stage on Saturday night the result of about twelve seats was in doubt, and in most of these cases the figures showed the Nationalist candidates to be in the lead. Even when the final civilian voting totals were taken, the Government, with a number of certain losses, appeared to be in a precarious position in view of the fact that Nationalist candidates were ahead in Eden, Otaki, Wairarapa, and Nelson. There was also considerable doubt as to the final, results in Motueka, Palmerston, Raglan,' Marlborough, and Otahuhu, where some of the majorities for Government candidates were very.slender. On the other hand, the position in Oamaru was that only a small lead'was held over'the Government candidate, and the margin was not particularly wide in Waitemata and New Plymouth.
I With the addition of the available servicemen's votes the prospect began •to swing again in the Government's favour, the voting showing a decided tendency towards the sitting Government members in. those constituencies where the issue was in doubt. EdenOtaki, and Wairarapa, which had appeared to be lost to the Government, were retained by the sitting members, as was Nelson (where the Independent was not opposed by Labour). In other closely-contested electorates the voting improved the position for the Labour candidates, except in the case of Eastern Maori, where the Labour candidate's majority over Sir Apirana Ngata'was reduced. .The difference effected by the serr vicemen's voting is indicated by the amended totals in the following of those electorates where the contest was close as between representatives of the two parties (Labour and National): —■
' : ' , ' Civilian Service- . ■■ . , total. men. Aggregate. Eden Anderton - (L.) .. 0051 599 ' 6650 Fortune (N.) ..,6192 .-. 363 6555 ~ Otakl Cooksley (N.) .. 4313 249 4562 L6wry(L.) .... 4121 500 4621 Walrarapa Maher (N.)..... 3887 294 4304 Roberts (L.) .... 3722 509 , 4391 Nelson - • Atmore (I.) .... 4912 562. 5474 'Huggins (X.) ... 4983 305 5288 Oamaru ■ ... Beatty (X.) .... 4346 204 4600 Xordmeyer ; (L.) 4113 471 4594 Motueka : Haldane (N.) .. 3557 163 • 3720 Skinner (L.) ... 3587 359 3946 Raolan' ..'■■■■ . ■ V.'i|^.- ',& ■ Coulter (L.) ... 4116 . 311 4427----r Glasgow (N.) ..4107 267 4374 Palmerston .'■ Hodgens (L.) .. 5951 719 6670 Mansford (I.) .5901 415 6316 Otahuhu •'■ Hamilton (N.) . 5159 259, 5418 ' Petrie (L.) ... 5339 439 ,5778 . Marlborough \- '.'.:.' , i Meachen (L.)'.... 4673 64ft X : 5313 •!■ Sharid (N.). ;... 4615 .. 351' 4966 Waitemata ; Drearer (L.) ... 5750 586* 6336 ; Morton (N.) •'..'. 6023 440 6463 New Plymouth "•. Aderman (N.) .. 5626 426 6052 . i Frost (L.) .... .5^76 .736 6012 Eastern Maori : Ngata (N.)■...<. 4551 500 5051 ! Oiaana. (L.j; ... 5064: 227 .5291 : The servicemenV votes given above do not represent the total. It is stated that: many more are still to come to hand, so that there is the possibility of further change in the state of parties. :■■■ : ■•;■ : \
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BIG INFLUENCE, Evening Post, Volume CXXXVI, Issue 76, 27 September 1943
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