THE HAWKE'S BAY SEAT,
[Fun U.N’m.n Pp.ess Association,]
HASTINGS, December 29.
The unofficial residr of the recount of tho Hawke's Bay votes is as follows: Dr M‘,\al> (0.) 4 237, H. M. Campbell (M.) 4.1 <7. informal 100. The. magistrate ruled that 39 of the votes credited by the reluming officer to Mr Campbell and 8 to Dr M‘Nah were ’nlormal. It, is understood, that these votes have pencil marks through tile C hn'stian .names (only) of one of the candidates, and the rame of the other candidate completely cancelled. It i« almost, certain that an election petition will ho filed. 1 here are snul to be numerous rasiti of dual voting.
Ju the course of his finding- Mr McCarthy, S.M., certified that at.’ the scrutiny marker! rolls were used by several deputy returning officeie. It appeared from comparison that two voting papers were i.-r-ued in ie?pect of each of 47 numbers. He further certified that persons would seem to hare voted under declarations made pursuant, in section 18 of the amending Electoral Ad, 1914, and that onlje (blank nnmbnv. will be supplied later) of such peirunr can be. traced to have been on any roll, and whereas the result of the recount differs from tho return of the returning officer, which is inrouect, he ordered tho returning officer to make an amended return. It- is necessary to point out that the 47 dual votes mentioned in the finding are not tho 47 votes declared by the Magistrate to be informal, and which inereac-e the number of informal votes declari d by the returning officer in bis official declaration from 53 to 100. The number is merely a. coincidence. Dual voting, and apparently false declarations of voting, are matters for the Electoral Court tn deal with, and not. nil then will it be definitely known who is tho jncnihtr for Hawk-'s Bay. A CASE FOR INQUIRY. [Pep. United Press Association.] HASTINGS. December 29. In connection with the Hawke’s Bay recount it- is stated that 97 persons voted under declarations made, and that, only 85 cf such persoiif, can be traced on anv roll.
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POLITICAL POSITION, Evening Star, Issue 15687, 29 December 1914