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AKAROA POLLING.

[By Teieobaph.] Akaeoa, Deo. 29. Tho polliug for the election of a Member, to represent Akarou in tbo General Assembly, took plauo to-day. Tho ohiof polling place was at Akaroa, where all tbo resident* around tho harbour recordod tboir votes ; while for tbo convonionco of outlying Districts and Ghristohuroh electors' polling booths wero established in Lyttolton, Little Biver, &o. At au early hour votors began to pour in from tho hills, and tho ste&in launoh and a coach were kopt all day plying to and fro. About mid-d&y nearly evory available elector had armed, and euob

little mystery was made of their opinions that it was very easy to calculate the numbers for each candidate. The friends of Mr Montgomery were sanguine that he would secure two-thirds of the votes, but their calculations were a little upset by several men coming from the more distant parts, in eagerness to exeroise the franchise; indeed, this was a very notable feature of the election, for although on the Peninsula the roads are rougher, and the distances longer than in any of those Districts which have \$ yet returned members, the proportion of those who voted to those who are on ' the roll, was far larger than in the more favoured electorates. On the Akaroa roll are 471 names, about sixty of whom are either dead or absent, and no less than 364 in all recorded votes. Some attribute this fact to the activity of the touters, but it is more true that it is due to the manly interest the mountaineers tako in the fate of their country. As the day wore on the excitement of the partisans rose, but it is pleasing to say that no disturb* anca whatever took place, in Akaroa at least. The Returning Officer (Mr Justin Aylmer) announced that he would declare the result here at 4.30 p.m., but that it would be considerably later ere the other returns could j come in. Speculation sped rife ; many bet* were ! made as to the result, the opinion of the Montgomeryites being that their man would have fifty of a majority at least, while their opponents only allowed him twenty or thirty. The fact of a majority being certain did not alarm the Pillietites, as it was under* stood that their strongholds were Little River and the Bays. When the Akaroa numbers were posted up, both sides were disappointed, as they stood— Montgomery, 106 ; Pilliet, 65. These were not the actual number of votes recorded, as several were disqualified, for some informality. The minds of the candidates were kept on the rack for some hours more waiting for outside returns, wbioh did not come in until about seven o'clock. The Betubnino Offices then announced the totals as follows, at the same time stating that the official declaration of the poll would take place on Monday.

Majority for Montgomery, 46. At this announcement there were load cheers. Mr Monxgomket then spoke briefly to the assemblage, thanking bis friends, and express- ' ing hoped that next time bis present opponents would be on bis side. He also stated that he was exceedingly glad to observe the orderly manner in which all had conducted themselves. Mr Filliet was not present. . A vote of thanks to the Returning Officer terminated the proceedings.

MONTGOMBBr. PIIMET. Akaroa... 106 ... 65 Lyttelton 50 ... 11 Okain'aßay 9 ... 42 Governor's Bay ... 19 ... 8 Pigeon Bay 16 ... 17 Little Biver 5 ... 16 Total ... 205 159

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AKAROA POLLING., Star, Issue 2425, 30 December 1875

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AKAROA POLLING. Star, Issue 2425, 30 December 1875

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