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Thursday, 12 November 1914

Senator McDOUGALL asked the Minister representing the Minister of Home Affairs, upon notice -

1.   If an inquiry has been held into the counting of the votes in the recent Werriwa election ?

2.   If any explanation has been given why 200 Labour votes were counted to the Liberal candidate?

SenatorRUSSELL. - The answers are -

1.   Yes.

2.   Reports have been obtained from the officers and scrutineers concerned, and the

Chief Electoral Officer is quite satisfied that the occurrence was purely accidental.

The ballot-papers from the Goulburn Subdivision were correctly counted in the first instance, but two parcels, each containing 100 votes for Mr. Lynch, were inadvertently placed in Mr. Conroy's parcel.

The ballot-papers were re-examined at the instance of the Divisional Returning Officer, and the error was adjusted prior to the completion of the scrutiny for the Division.

Subsequently a recount of the whole of the votes for the Werriwa Division was made by the Divisional Returning Officer.

Scrutineers for both candidates were present throughout the whole proceedings.

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