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DUNEDIN WEST. Eleven seamen's votes and 217 absent voters' permits have come to hand, and details of the voting are as follow: Seamen's Absent Votes. Votes. Stewart 2 113 Johnson 8 93 Maguiro 1 7 ; Informal, 4. The total results are:—• Stewart (G.) 4,038 Johnson (L.) 3,693 Maguira 1 7 Informal, 77. GREY LYNN. The official recount of the poll in Grey Lynn is not yet completed, there being still the returns from four booths to check. At the present stage Mr Payne's election is confirmed. It has been discovered that at one booth 50 votes recorded for Mr Murdoch M'Lean were omitted in error from the count. The effect of the addition of these and the absent votes cast for him to Mr M'Lean's total is to give the latter a majority of one vote over Mr Fowlds for second position. Two hundred and eight votes of absentee seamen and soldiers for the Grey I.vnn electorate were distributed as follows:—Mr M'Lean 74, Mr Fowlds 49, Mr Payne 24, informal (including 58 cast by members of the Expeditionary Force for the Opposition and invalidated because there was no official nominee of the Opposity party) 61; total, 208. Thursday's returns gave Mr Payne a majority of 112 over Mr Fowlds, but the altered figures hr»ve reduced that majority to one of 86 over Mr M'Lean, and the present position is as follows : Payne (Lab.) 2,924 M'fean (G.) 2,838 Fowlds (L.) • 2,837 OTHER SEATS. Hawke's Bay.—There were 217 expeditionary and absent voters' papers returned for Hawke's Bav. Of these 119 wenu to Dr M'Nab and' 98 to Mr Cnmpbell. redu< ing the latte.r's majority from 217 to 196. The figures are : Campbell (M.) 4,295, Dr M'Nab (0.) 4,099. Eastern Maori. —The final result of the Eastern Maori election is as follows: Ngata (O.) 4.977, Pere (M.) 2,195. Kaipara.—J. G. Coates (M.) 3,540, F. Hoe (0.) 2,357. Waitemata—A. Harris (M.) 4,730, H. C. Tewslev (O.) 3,727. Rangitikei.—Efl Newman (M.) 3,087, R. E. Hornblow (0.) 2,305. Motueka.— R. P. Hudson (M.) 2,719 Hon. R. M'Kenzie lO.) 2,097. Hurunui.—G. W. Forbes (0.) 3,233, W. Banks (M.) 1,747. " COUNTING THEIR CHICKENS," ETC. Several of the Liberal and Labor candidates on polling-night came to the conclusion that the Massey Government were defeated, and that Sir Joseph Ward would lie entrusted with the political reins. These are some of the opinions expressed to the assembled crowds who were watching tho results posted at tho newspaper hoardings : Mr W. H. Turnbull (Liberal candidate for Wellington North): "lam in the defeated position, but I am on the winning side." .Mr F. T. Moore (Labor candidate for Wellington Suburbs): "The gratifying feature of the polling is that t-xlay the electors know that the side to which I belong is going to win, so that the new member for Wellington Suburbs (Mr Wright) is going to be one of a minority in the House, and his retrograde and useless policy will not matter." Mr 11. Ilolhu.d (the Social Democratic candidate for Welling.on >.orth): He believed j that tho days of the Massey Government j were ended in New Zealand, and he be- j lieved that the new Government would give them Proportional Representation. Mr R. Fletcher (who defeated the Hon. F. M. B. Fi« for Wellington Central) : "I want to tell you this, that not only in Wellington, but all through thi;> country democracy is returnii g to power. You will see by the returns coming through that a wave of democracy is sweeping the whole of the country. All Massey's own seat is in danger. [Franklin gave Mr Massey the biggest individual majority of tho whole campaign.—Ed. E S.] It would do Mi Massey good and the country good if he went back to the- farm for a littie bit." Dr Thacker, the new member for Christchurch East: "After to-d;.y there will be no fat men making money and living on you, and no wheat corner in As-nbunon. We will make the moil-. j-l>:igs diell out. We are going to ute brain-: instead of batons. It's been a way to go, but we're in to-night." Mr L. M. Isitt (ro-elcctcd for Christchurch North): "The leturr.s of the day's polling meant that the. handwriting was on the wall which U>ld of the doom of Toryism and a new of advance and uplift of the Dominion. With tho true Liberals now in power they would burst up land monopoly and put such 1< nidation on the Statute Dock as would acid to th.prosperity and siicccs* of she poyplc of the Dominion "' Mr G W Russe.U (Sir Joseph Wall's firtit lieutenant): "In a few weeks the flag of true Liberalism would once more wave for freedom and progress, lie hoped that all members of the LiberU party would unite to carry forward the good ok! chariot for the happiness prosperity, and progress of good old Liberalism."

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LAST WEEK'S POLLS, Evening Star, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914

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LAST WEEK'S POLLS Evening Star, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914