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CORRESPONDENCE.

(Every latter mast be accompanied by tho namt md ad'ireza of the writer, not necessarily for (fublication, but as a guarantee of good faith. Rejected letters cannot be returned under any ■-.ircumstancee whatever. Correspondents are rdvizod to keep copies of tfceir letters, a* this tub will be adhered to strictly.) OUR ELECTORAL LAWS. TO THE F.DITOR. Sir, —I see by last night’s Star a writer makes some suggestions for the guidance of future elections, so that a fairly-balanced trial of strength should take place, and the successful man could rightly boast of being the representative of the people. For my part I would like to see all nominations by societies done away with—to be made punishable by law. Whether it be by the Workers’ Political Committee or the National Association, they are generally worked in the interest of some clique, and not to secure the best man of either party. The man who will not degrade his manhood by sycophancy (no matter how large his knowledge or business capacity) has generally to retire without the citizens having any chance of judging of his fitness. They manage these things better in France. There they say the majority must rule. They would never allow such an absurdity as our recent City election, where the man who polled a minority of the votes was declared elected. Tney are more logical. The two candidates who polled the highest would have to fight the battle over again, and be who polled highest would become tho representative of the people. This system, doubtless, would cost more money, but it would, I think, be well laid out in providing us with a larger field of candidates, and always ensuring us at least the representatives of the majority of the electors.—l am, etc., One of the Majority. Dunedin, November 2.

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CORRESPONDENCE., Issue 10460, 2 November 1897

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CORRESPONDENCE. Issue 10460, 2 November 1897

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