Election Intelligence. — The elections for the Provincial Council of Marlborough have been going forward for the last ten days, and we suppose ere this they are all concluded. Several sharp contests have taken place, but the result of only a few have reached us. For the Wairau Valley, the return of Captain Baillie was successfully opposed by Mr. Wemyss, that gentleman and Mr. Carter being returned. This is a loss of a vote to the Picton party. For the Upper Wairau, the Superintendent, Mr. Seymour, offered himself as a candidate, hoping to throw out one of the late members, Mr. Goulter, or Mr. H. Q-odfrey ; but in this he failed, and the former representatives of the district have been again elected. For the Clarence District, Mr. Ward and Mr. Keene were returned without opposition ; for Blenheim, Messrs. Nosworthy, and J. T. Eobinson, were elected; for Awatere, Messrs. Mowatt and P. M'Eae 5 for Queen Charlotte Sound, Mr. A. Hood — no opposition having taken place to any of these returns. For the Lower Wairau, Messrs. Eyes and Sinclair were to be opposed by Messrs. Barnes and Murphy ; for the Tua Marina, Messrs. Strachan and W. Eobinson are opposed by Mr. J. Godfrey and Mr. Q-eorge Dodson. The late members for this district, Messrs. Strachan and Mr. W. Eobinson, were opposed in their views, and Mr. J. Q-odfrey comes forward in expectation of defeating Mr. Robinson, the Blenheimite, in which, should he succeed, it will neutralize the loss of Captain Baillie's seat in Wairau Valley, and the Council will again run the risk of coming to a deadlock. Mr. George Dodson was the opposing Blenheim candidate, but, when questioned on other topics than the merits of the two rival towns, confessed he had not given the subject his consideration. The following is from the report furnished by the Press : — " In answer to the questions put to him, Mr. Dodson said he was opposed to taxation in any shape. He had left the old country on that account. When asked by an Elector, what was to support the making of roads and carrying on the Government, he replied that he had not' given the subject consideration, but he would keep taxation down, although he would double tax absentees. When asked by Mr. Sullivan what principle he would support in rating the lands, Mr. Dodson replied, that which was the most equitable. When he was requested to say what he considered the most equitable, Mr. Dodson said he could not say until he saw, but he would vote with the majority [Cries of "Just so," "Of course," "We know that," and great laughter]. Mr. Sullivan said there were two or three ways proposed for levying a rate; these were the propositions : the value to let, the value to sell, and an acreage rate according to the nature of the land. Now, which of these did Mr. Dodson approve of? Mr. Dodson said he did not know, and therefore could not say j he was afraid to enter on that subject. He was, moreover, against taxing improvements. He would support a Drainage Bill, and would leave the Council to say where the seat of Government should be. He should go with the Council in whatever they decided [Laughter]." A good deal of rowdyism took place at this nomination. The determination of this election will decide in a great measure the ascendency of the Picton or Blenheim parties, and naturally therefore it excited a good deal of interest.
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MARLBOROUGH., Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XXIV, Issue XXIV, 16 September 1865
MARLBOROUGH. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XXIV, Issue XXIV, 16 September 1865
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