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in ame Kiiprou. Sir, —Your interpretation may or may not be. correct of tho clause in the Act which says that the registrar .shall reject as informal all ballot papers whereon anything not authorised by the Act is written. If it is correct, then verily the law is an ass. If no cognisance is to be taken of the person who does that writing, then it is possible for a registrar at his sweet will to disfranchise whom he pleases. Could anything hr- more absurd’.' Does the Act actually disfranchise all those, voters whose ballot papers were wrnnglv itealt with by the deputy registrar? Your contention is that it does. Personally, I pronounce no definite opinion on that point. I only say that if you are right then the law is far from being the essence of common sense, as it is supposed to he. I should imagine that in interpreting this clause, a factor which has to be taken into consideration is: Who does this writing? It someone other, than the voter, then the paper should not be invalid. Common tense would put thit, interpretation on it, whatever the law docs. If your law is sound, tho position now is that 118 vote;?, were disfranchised through no fault of their own, and that Mr Mimro ha? been robVicd of the seat through ihe mistake of an official. In other words, tho majority of the voters who themselves recorded their votes in pioper form, wish Mr Munro to be their representative, but tho minority is to rule, and Mr Statham is declared elected! 1 rannot join with you in ” heartily congratulating ” Mr Stathant on occupying a scat under such circumstances, nor can I gee any great virtue in Mr Stat-ham resigning, considering the minority vote by which" he holds the seat, and the very great probability of being turned out of it. But it. not matter ranch whether he resign? or whethei he does not. It irII,;; cone.livable that the matter will rest lure, and the will of tho people be thwarted in this manner. W lien it does come beimv- the proper tribunal to decide, I sincerely hope that our democratic majority rule ‘will pi.-va. 1 , and that the rightful ol i ner In tin seal (Nil* Mlinio) will get his due and that he will be declared elected with lilt the w.uiy and expense of another election.---1 am, etc., R, FnitorsoN. Dcrember t-’o.

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THE DUNEDIN' CENTRAL ELECTION., Evening Star, Issue 15687, 29 December 1914

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THE DUNEDIN' CENTRAL ELECTION. Evening Star, Issue 15687, 29 December 1914