There was no very marked outward sign of bustle or excitement in the streets yesterday, but there we.c little knots of people outside the main polling booths, and a steady stream of voters was passing in and out of the voting places. Cabs and other vehicles were also flying in all directions, and it was evident that the poll would be a large one. n the evening large crowds gathered in front of the courthouse and at the newspaper offices, and as the results were posted up from the booths as they came to hand it was soon evident that Mr Hanan would bo returned, as expected, by a substantial majority. This was confirmed about nine o'clock, when the Keturning Officer, Mr Colyer, announced the final reaulc aa follows : —
He therefore declared Mr Hanan duly elected, the announcement being received with cheeriug. Shortly afterwards Mr Hanaa appeared at the library window of the courthouse ami addressed the large crowd that had assembled iv front of the building. Jdis appearance was the signal ior a renewed burst of cheeriug. Mr Hanan said that the result which had been declared had realised his beat hopes, and hal placed him again in the proud position of being iheir represeutative. He desired to acknowledge with feelings of gratitude the triumphaut return which they had so generously granted him. It was a matter of Che highest gratification to him to receive a renewal of their confidence. — (Cheers.) The splendid majority which he had pulled on this occasion showed olearly that the people of Invercargiil would stand by their member when he carried out his duty as their representative conscientiously, and to the beat of hia ability endeavoured to render service to the people who elected him. His majority at the last election was 263, now it reached the splendid number of 1504. iv the future as in the past his constant ambition would be to endeavour to satisfy their wishes aud represent them creditably in the Parliament of New Zealaud. To his committee, which had bo energetically worked for this great success, he had to tender his sincere thanks. The electors had that day been called to perform a great duty, and he bulieved the results would show that they had nobly done it, and that there had been returned as representatives to the councils) of this natiou a body of men who would render valuable service to the colony, endeavour to raise it to a higher plane, and obiaiu for it en honoured namfi— men who would urgently desire that the future generations of this colony would be loyal, contented, and prosperous. (Cheers.) He could only say, in conclusion, th-.t their renewal of confidence would be a fresh incentive to him to endeavour to, promote the interests of this electorate to the uttermost; and of the colony as a whole. (Cheers.) There were a few calls for Mr Whyte, but ha did not appear. Mr Hanan then moved a vote of thanks to the Returning Officer, Mr Colyer, Baying that that officer had carried out his onerous duties with marked ability -and uniform courtesy. The details of the voting were a3 follows :
It will be noticed that according to our figures Mr Hanan's total adds up to 3315, but the shortage of five ia no doubt an error due to the hurry and complexity of the moment. There were 97 informal votes so that 5233 electors went to the poll out of a total roll number of 6624, leaving a ballance of 1391 who did not vote. In 1899 4694 votes were polled out of a possible 5803, and in 1896 4542 votes were recorded. LICENSING. Meanwhile returns had been going up in regard to the licensing . poll, and it was in this issue mo9t interest was centred. It was evident that the result would be close and the excitement was intense when only a few more booths were yet to be accounted for. At a quarter to ten, when Mr Colyer threw open the window to declare the result, he was confronted by a vast sea of expectant i faces. The announcement was as follows:— !
The Returning Officer declared that 5134 valid votes had been cast and as the requisite three-fifths majority had not been obtained " no-license " was nob carried. For reduction a majority of 804 votes had been polled and he therefore declared " reduction " carried. The people received the announcement quietly, and as only another 9 2 sfch votes would have carried '• no-license " a recount will almost certainly be made. The following was the polling at the several booths : —
This return compares with the two previons pollß as follows :•— Continuance Reduction No-License
All over it may be said that the election was conducted in a most orderly manner and great credit is due to Mr Colyer for the prompt and methodical manner in which he carried through his duties. He was capably assisted by the minor officers, and all those who were engaged at the various booths. The crowd was a very large one, and many waited till the early hours of the morning in front of the Southland Times office to see the results of the other Southland electorates and from the North.
1902 ... 2040 2844 3071 1899 ... 2228 2172 2300 1896 . 2558 1770 1824
s s I Booth .S | ~ S | 6 Courthouse No. 1 ... 283 284 275 „ No. 2 ... 220 195 208 No. 3 ... 192 200 224 North Invercargill ... 100 171 183 Avenal 39 120 134 Clifton ... ... 58 50 55 Briscoe'a Buildings No. 1 159 152 183 „ „ No. 2 105 141 162 „ „ No. 3 93 112 119 Gladstone ... ... 69 91 101 South Inveroaigiil ... 92 111 117 Fairweather's 28 41 49 East Inveroargill ... 156 201 224 P. M. School ... 119 296 313 M'Conechy's 112 324 326 Richmond Grove ... 52 47 50 South School 128 *?49 257 Georgetown ... ... 35 79 91 2040 2844 3071
Continuance ... * ... 2010 Redaction ... ... 2544 No- License ... ... 3071 Informal ... .. 100
Hanan. Whyte. I Courthouse No. J ... 363 197 „ No. 2 ... 293 129 „ No. 3 ... 283 133 Briscue's Buildings No. I — 113 No. 2 - 108 „ „ 3 513 86 East Invercargill ( biles Road) 258 120 Gladstone ... ... 114 52 South School ... ... 260 138 North Invercareill ... 2i9 05 South Invercargill ... 150 59 Clifton 89 27 Richmond Grove ... 83 22 Georgetown ... ... 59 66 Avenal 87 91 Don street 221 207 McConecby's ... ... 254 192 Fairweather'a ... ... 69 11 3320 1810
1 Mr Hanan 3320 MrWhjte ... •• 1816 Mao ity for Mr Hanan 1504
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INVERCARGILL., Southland Times, Issue 18002, 26 November 1902
INVERCARGILL. Southland Times, Issue 18002, 26 November 1902
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