The polling for the Halswell electorate was carried on with no Bpecial excitement. The following is the complete return of votes taken at the respective pollingbooths : —
AKAROA-CUM-LYTTELTON. The election created considerable excitement afc Lyttelton yesterday, and from 9 a.m. when the poll opened, till 7 p.m. i when the doors were closed, a steady stream of electors kept pouring into the booth, and Mr Shannaghan, the Returning Officer, and his clerks were kept busily engaged. The returns from the Peninsula commenced to come in shortly after 7 p.m., and from that hour till midnight the scene around the Fire Brigade Station, where the Lyltelton Times 1 results were displayed showed up by torchlight, was one of wild excitement. When the whole of the outside returns came to hand Mr M'Gregor was ahead by no less than 299, the numbers being, M'Gregor 491, Joyce 192, Barnett 110. Even this did not dishearten the Lyttelton people, who still professed >Vj confidence that when the Lyttelton numbers came out Mr Joyce would be in front. During the long wait that took place between the posting of the Peninsula numbers and the final results, the excitement rose to fever pitch. Unofficial numbers were posted which gave Mr Joyce a final majority of something over 100, and when this was posted the enthusiasm was something to be wondered at, and Mr Joyce was cheered to the echo. The crowd began to grow impatient before the official numbers were issued, and the cries for Mr Joyce were loud and many. Flour and eggs were in great demand. At about 10 p.m., Mr Shannaghan appeared at the Court door and declared Mr Joyce elected by a majority of 103. The numbers being as follow: —
Majority for Joyce, 103. After the official declaration, the crowd got most enthusiastic, and Mr Joyce was carried to the Court door shoulder high, and was again cheered. He briefly thanked those present for returning him, and was again seized and carried around the town.
Joyce. M'Gregor. Barnett. Lyttelton ... 559 15G 25 Akaroa ... 28 175 25 Port Levy ... 7 10 1 Teddington ... 33 26 5 Loßon'aßay 2 25 2G Okain's Bay ... 5 33 19 Wainui ... 0 31 13 Little River... 61 64 8 Little Akaloa 23 19 4 Pigeon Bay ... 27 42 4 Duvauchelle's Bay ... 5 66 7 Total ... 750 647 137
Rolleston. Parker. Informal. Halswell ... 105 81 3 TaiTapu ... 81 24 3 Templeton ... 119 42 5 Addington '... 175 229 7 Prebbleton ... 112 53 1 Fendalton ... 156 119 4 748 548 23 Tifrtjority for Rolleaton, 2CO.
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HALSWELL., Star, Issue 7029, 6 December 1890
HALSWELL. Star, Issue 7029, 6 December 1890
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