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Monday, 11 December 1905


Mr LONSDALE (New England) - I find it difficult to follow the proceedings of the Committee, but I should like to say a word or two on the subject of transfers. If it had not been for the use of the " Q " forms, of which so much has been said, half the electors in my division would have been disfranchised. I wish to prevent this.


Mr Groom - The matter to which the honorable member refers is dealt with in clause 21.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 20 -

Section sixty-one of the Principal Act is repealed, and the following section substituted in lieu thereof : - " 61. The Electoral Registrar shall note on the application to transfer the date of its receipt by him, and shall file it in his office, and shall register it by placing the elector's name on the Roll, and shall give notice of the transfer to the Electoral Registrar keeping the Polling-place or Subdivision Roll from which the elector's name has been transferred, who shall thereupon remove the elector's name from the Roll."

Amendment (by Mr. Dugald Thomson) agreed to -

That after the second word " shall," line 6, the following words be inserted : - " if it appears that the applicant is entitled to the transfer."

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 21 -

After section sixty-one of the Principal Act the following section is inserted : - " 61a. - (1) Any elector whose name is on a

Polling-place Roll may make application in the prescribed form to be changed to another Pollingplace Roll, for the same Division, on which he is entitled to have his name placed.

(2)   Any elector whose name is on a Subdivision Roll and who lives in another Subdivision of the same Division may make application in the prescribed form to be changed to the Roll of the latter Subdivision.

(3)   The application to change shall be signed by the elector in the presence of a witness, and sent to the Electoral Registrar keeping the Pollingplace or Subdivision Roll to which the elector's name is to be changed.

(4)   The Electoral Registrar shall note on the application to change the date of its receipt by him, and shall file it in his office, and shall register it by placing the elector's name on the Roll, and shall give notice of the transfer to the Electoral Registrar keeping the Polling-place or Subdivision Roll from which the elector's name has been changed, who shall thereupon remove the elector's name from the Roll."

Amendment (by Mr. Groom) proposed -

That the words "in the presence of a witness" sub-clause 3, be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words " and witnessed by an elector."







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