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DUNEDIN CENTRAL. MR MUNRO WINS BY 8 VOTES. Mr H. Maxwell and his staff completed the- official count for Dunedin Central electorate this morning, the final figures being: Munro (Lab.) 3,799 Statlmm (Govt.) 3,791 Informal, 78. The figures as posted on election night were: —MuiiTO, 3.653; Statham, 3,652. Since election night the Territorial votes and absent, votes hav«j been opened and included in the final count. In view of the narrowness of the majority, we- understand that there is a possibility of a recount being asked for before a Magistrate. DUNEDIN NORTH; MR WALKER'S LEAD DECREASED. 'The returning officer (Mx D. Larnadi) ,has completed the. official count iu this electorate, and the. final figures arc: Walker (Lab.) 4,073 Thornton (Govt.) 3,749 Informal, 88. As far as is known there ifi only one absent vote to come to hand. The figures posted on election night were:—Walker. 4,024; Thomson, 3,560. It will be noticed that Mr Thomson has decreased his opponent's lead by about 140 votes. The number of in form ill votes has been reduced, but tin's is accounted for by the fact, that several papers which were "held up" by deputies who declined to take undue risks have now been dealt with by the returning officer. Territorial and absentvotes have also been included. CHALMERS. The official count of the Chalmers poll is exacted U> be finished this evening. THE LICENSING RETURNS. The final licensing figures for Dunedin arc not yet available. SPORTS PROTECTION LEAGUE SATISFIED. NON-CURTAILMENT OF LEGITIMATE SPORTS. [Pes Unhid Press Association.] WELLINGTON. December 15. The chairman of the Board of Control of th" New Zealand Sports Protection Leacuo (Mr Skerret, K.C.), referring to the "part taken by the league in the elections, states, in "reply to rcpyerentntions made, that a- very large pioportion of the successful candidates were willing to maintain the right.' of lb" p-ople to the free enjoyment of all legitimate sports, and to oppoVe anv curtailment of statutory privileges in connection therewith. The rnnjority of the members aleo favor the principle that all i\:crent:on grovndfi not used for private gain shuld ob? exempted from local rates. THE WAIRARAPA FEAT. [Pee United Press Association] CARTERTON, December 15. The final return shows: J. T. M. Hbrnsby. (O.) ... 3.165 Sir W. Buchanan 3,105 [Mr Homsby's majority has been increased. It -was 22 on the polling-day declaration.] AN AUSTRALIAN COMMENT. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. SYDNEY, December 15. (Received December 15, at 10 a.m.) The ' Herald,* commenting on the New Zealand elections, trusts that the system of local naval units will not be decided bv a partv vote. Their own experience had taught them that only local navies could secure the- safety of the Dominions, and they vrere prepared to admit that Australia stands to gain considerably if the people of New Zealand decide to follow their course. Everything was helping to consolidate the influence of the white races in the Pacific, and the strength and efficiency of our flset -would be enormously increased if the Dominion and Commonwealth -were to agree on a common policy. Aehburton. —The recount and addition of Territorial and absent voters' votes gives the official result of the Ashburton election as follows:—W. Nosworthy (Q.) 3186, W. S. Maslin (O.) 3,039, informal 62. The licensing poll recount commences

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THE ELECTIONS, Evening Star, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914

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THE ELECTIONS Evening Star, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914