Ix another pan ef this issue will bo found the full and officiallyInstructive (.hooked returns of the Figures. voting on General Elec-
tion Day. There are some n tr.'-we! thy changes since we published an analysis (in our issue of Dccem-b-.-r 23b .'showing that 215,565 votes we.ro v.i.-t f<>r the lie form candidates and 276.578 for the Liberal-Labor ccmhina - lion, exclusive altogether of the Maori vole. i>ince then. -.»n a- recount, the Hawke's Bay seat, has 'Men awarded to Dr M'Nab, who. wc venture t-o prognosticate, will retain it despite the petition that has been lodged against his return, because, as we have, already pointed out. the principal factor in dispute is the invalidity of certain ballot, papers that are in exactly tho same category as those in Dunedin Central that were rejected by the .Stipendiary Magistrate, and also thrown out by deputy returning officers on their own initiative. The figure?; we present to-day,
and to which wo invite the attention of our readers, t-how couclueively that the Tloform party event -down badly on, tho "West Oust of this island and in Gan ter - bnry. As analysed by tho Christchurch Tress.' which includes the Maori vote, tho He formers claim a total of 245,000, while tho ’Wardites are credited with 224.000 and the Lalvuiles with 48.0 CX), or 272.C00 against 243. C00. On this admission, tho Opposition have a clear advantage of close upon 5C.0C0 votes. But according to our figures, which will stand tho test of dissection, the Opposition have a- commanding lead of 27,255 in tho South Island, v Idle they are in a minority of 159 in the North Island. Tho ‘ Press ’is disingenuous in its contention that ii. over-estimates the .•rtrongth of the Ward vote, bccauso “'of
"the votes cast for tlic Ward nominees “Inst month a great proportion were. Labor “ votes, which would have gone to Labor “candidates 'nail such candidates stood “iu every electorate.’’ .So it- proceeds on its own specious reasoning to whittle down the Ward figures and gives the Lilierahs only .150.090 in the, whole DoTninio;;. And it proceeds to argue to its own satisfaction that Reform gained 60,000 votes, compared with the 160,(XX) that Sir Joseph says the Ministerial party secured in 1911, while hie own supporters scored 120.000 less than they polled three years ago. Could the force of absurdity go any further? Every unbiased person knows that, there was a definite understanding between the Liberals and the. La Writes at- .-ho last ctonera.l Election, and
it is equally well known that a further understanding has been reached sine© then to make common cans?- against what the Liberal-Labor combine regards as the commoi} foe. Whichever way the Ihinedin Central by-election goes will not have any appreciable effect on the totality of votes cast for the two parties, but it may have a far-reaching effect on the fortunes of the present Administration. “ Xons vm-ons."
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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 15707, 22 January 1915