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THE GENERAL ELECTIONS

♦ LYTTELTON ELECTION. This election took place yesterday, a great amount of interest be'ng manifested throughout the town. Tho Comraittecß of both candidates were hard at work during the polling hours, looking up their respective supporters, and the streets wore a busy aspect throughout the day. The election was conducted very quietly indeed until tho afternoon, only a little quiet chaff having beon indulged in up to that time. About 3 o'clock the yourg larrikin element displayed itself by pelting passers-by with flour, to tho amusement of a few and the disgust of the majority. No serious disturbance of any kind, however, took place. The poll closed punctually at 4 p.m., and at 5 p.m. Mr W. H. Eyes, tho Returning Officer, appeared outside tho Colonists' Hall, the polling booth, and announced the following as the result of the election : — Harry Allwright 192 H. P. Murray- Aynsley ... 176 He had therefore to declare Mr Harry Allwright duly elected as member of the House of Representatives for the Lyttelton district. The announcement of the poll was received with hearty cheers from the assembled crowd. The total number of votes polled was 373, of which five were invalid. On Mr Allwright ascending the steps of the Colonists' Hall, lie was received with continuous hearty cheering from the large number of people then gathered in Oxford street. Addressing those assembled, Mr Allwright said he had that day achieved the greatest election victory ever attained in New Zealand. (Cheers.) He had never asked a single individual for a vote— (Cheers) — and yet they had placed him at the head of the poll. (Cheers.) They would never repeat it— (Cheers) — as he would do everything in his power for the welfare of the town. (Cheers.) He never expected to be placed where he was, at the head of the poll, but he evidently possessed their confidence, and that had secured him the victory. He had been told tnat he would have no weight in the House. When ho went to Wellington they would see that he had. (Cheers.) He was going up as a working man. (Cheers.) Many had said that the working man should not be raised, but they had shown by electing him as their representative, that such was not the case, and had conferred on him tlie greatest honour that they could have done. (Cheers.) He begged to thank them for returning him at the head of the poll. (Loud cheers.) Mr Murray-Aynsley, on coming forward, said he had to thank those who had worked for him during the heavy contest, in which he had had the Premier and his party against him. He thanked those most sincerely who had given their time and worked for him as they had done. (Cheers.) A vote of thanks to the Returning Officer brought the proceedings to a close.

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THE GENERAL ELECTIONS, Star, Issue 3558, 5 September 1879

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THE GENERAL ELECTIONS Star, Issue 3558, 5 September 1879

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