THE ELECTORAL BILL.
ITS MAIN PROVISIONS,
[From Oct* Parliamentary Reporter.]
WELLINGTON, .lone 24. Unquestionably the jrirce </« ™*'<"™? 1 this session will be the Electoral Bill, the introduction of which will be moved by the Colonial Secretary towards the end of this week The measure is not yet out 01 the hands of the printer, but I have been favored with a sketch of its principal provisions. ~ . .. The necessity of having a Representation Commission, as provided by the Bill of last session, is obviated, as it is now proposed that the colony shall be divided into four districts as follows:- Auckland district returning sixteen members; Wellington, Hawke's Bay, and Taranaki, fifteen members: Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury, and Westland, with the Chatham Islands, twenty-one members; Otago and Southland, with Stewart Island, eighteen members ; and, from time to time, as each trienniat election takes place, the number of members assigned to each district will vary according to the census. The idea of having the Danish system of representation was seriously entertained by the Cabinet, but was eventually rejected in favorW the flare, or, more properly speaking, Sir John Lubbock's system of proportional representation. , In order that the cumbrous machinery of the Act may be simplified in cases of byelections, subdivision of districts will be made for the purpose of compiling rolls. Any candidate who may be returned attbe general election will be assigned to the district in which the largest proportion of hia votes were cist. lor instance, if he were elected for the Auckland district and the returns Bhowed that he polled most heavily in the Thames subdivision, he would be known aa the member for the Thames, and in the event of his resignation the people of the Thames only could vote at the election of his successor. Subdivisions of districts will be made by the Governor-in-Council, and though no decision has yet been come to by the Cabinet, it is probable that, say Dunedin, for instance, with its environs, will constitute one subdivision, returning live members. . The adoption of the system, being an abstract question, will not be treated as a Ministerial question, though Ministers now se«m tolerably sanguine of carrying it. Ut course in the treatment of the Hare system the question of " quota" is not raised, and the country is not likely to be arrayed against the town, as was the case m the Electoral Bill of last session.
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THE ELECTORAL BILL., Evening Star, Issue 7941, 24 June 1889
THE ELECTORAL BILL. Evening Star, Issue 7941, 24 June 1889
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