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THE ELECTIONS.

TOWN OF NELSON.

Saturday last being the day appointed for nominating a Candidate to succeed W. T. L. Travers, sq., as a Member for the House of Representatives, J. Poynter, Esq., the Returning Officer, attended at the Court House at twelve o'clock. As no contest was expected to arise, only a very few persons were present. After the 'writ ha"d been read by the Returning Officer, Mr. Webb proposed F. Jollie, Esq., as a fit and proper person to represent the Town of Nelson. Mr. Cann seconded the nomination. B. Walmsley, Esq., proposed S.Stephens, Esq. Seconded by W. T. L. Travers, Esq. On a show of hands the election was declared to have fallen upon S. Stephens, Esq., who was returned accordingly, as no poll was demanded on the part of Mr. Jollie. Neither of the gentlemen nominated were present, Mr. Stephens being in Auckland, and Mr. Jollie at Canterbury or Otago. WAIMEA. DISTRICTS. Up to Saturday last it was not publicly known that a second candidate would be brought forward to contest the representation of the vacant seat in these districts, caused by the resignation of Mr. Cautley, but on that day it was rumoured that" Mr. Travers, whose retirement had caused the vacancy in the town, would be brought forward to oppose the return of Mr. Jollie. Little time was thus given to either party to prepare for a contest, as the day of nomination had been fixed for Tuesday, and Wednesday as the day of polling. On Tuesday, the Returning Officer attended at Richmond, and produced the writ. The attendance was not large, but a respectable number of persons were present. F. Otterson, Esq., M. P. C, came forward and proposed F. Jollie, Esq., as a gentleman in every way worthy of representing the important districts of Waimea in the House of Representatives. Mr. Jollie, he said, had been, long in the settlement, was perfectly acquainted with all its wants and requirements, was known to- be a man of high integrity and enlarged views, and would, if elected, prove himself worthy of the trust reposed in him. Mr. Harkness seconded the nomination, and remarked that Mr. Jollie was known to be possessed of good business habits, and to be a man who had for years made the public affairs of the colony his study, and would therefore be eminently qualified to legislate for them. J. W. Saxton* Esq., M. P. G\, said it was his pleasing task to propose W. T. L. Travers, Esq., as a representative for the districts, and congratulated the electors on the circumstance that Mr. Travers had consented to be brought forward, as, should he be. elected, he believed that gentleman's great legal abilities might be made highly serviceable to the colony. Mr.. Travers had been long known to the people of this Province, and he had been always prompt to come forward and advocate the interests of the settler*. If the electors returned Mr. Travers, they would send a man to the Assembly every way qualified to cope with the representatives from the other districts of the colony. Seconded by Mr. S. Wells. Mr. Travers came forward and stated t'< at he stood there at the request of a large number of the electors of Waimea South, who had invited him to become a candidate for tbe vacant seat in the representation of that district That request had been made to bitn too late to admit of bis intention to offer himself as their representative to bf made known to them through the channel of the local press. HU opinions were too well known to the electors to require that he should qt*t« them again on that occasion, and to those opinions he was prepared to stick through thick and thin. A Question had been . raised as to his qualification to sit as -their representative^ arichtflt "

differed with some of the legal gentlemen of the Province as to the qualification required. If elected he would take his seat, and allow the question to be properly tried. Mr. Saxton, in proposing him, had been pleased to say that in the General Assembly he (Mr. 1 Travers) would be of use, and he would pledge himself, if elected, to do hb best to promote the welfare of the whole colony. With respect to the gentleman who was his opponent, he quite concurred in what had been said of him by his proposer and seconder, as to his abilities and integrity, but he differed with him in his political sentiments, which he thought were too narrow for the present age. - C. B. Wither, Esq., read a protest against the nomination of Mr. Travers, on the ground of his want of qualification, and gave notice of his intention to petition against that gentleman's election, should he be returned. A show of hands was then taken, and the choice was declared to have fallen upon Mr. Jollie, whereupon Mr. Travers demanded a poll. On the day following (Wednesday) the polling took place, with the following result : —

The declaration of the poll was made on Thursday, at Richmond, when, on Mi*. Travers being declared duly elected, that gentleman briefly addressed the electors present.

■£. / Jollie, Waimea Eait . . 23 6-' WaUnea West . . 19 r Waimea South . . 4 . Suburban North . 14 Suburban South . 11 71 Traren 37 4 55 7 23 126 71 ■. Majority for Mr. Traveri 55

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THE ELECTIONS., Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XIII, 24 June 1854

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THE ELECTIONS. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XIII, 24 June 1854

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