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TO THX BDITOB. Sir,—At a time when the absurdities in tbe election of school committees and notably that of the cumulative system o! voting—are fresh in our minds, it may not be amiss to direct the attention of our legislators to the fact that a Bill has recently been introduced into the British House of Commons to amend the law relating to the election of School Boards in Scotland. The Bill proposes to abolish the cumulative system of voting at the election of School Boards, and provides that every voter shall be entitled to a number of votes equal to the number of the members to be elected, but no voter Bhall be entitled to give more than one vote to any candidate, though he may vote for any number of candidates equal to or less than the number of members to be elected. After proceeding to amend and define the qualifications of voters, the BUI §oea on to deal with corrupt practices at chool Board elections, and to provide penalties therefor—provisions which could be put in force in New Zealand with very salutary effect. The abolition of cumulative voting in Scotland is very suggestive when we consider that the School Boards there had power to deal with the religious education question, and that it was mainly with a view to give representation to minorities on that question that the cumulative system of voting was devised.—l am, etc., W.A.S. Dunedin, May 10.

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE ELECTION., Issue 7904, 11 May 1889

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE ELECTION. Issue 7904, 11 May 1889

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