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Tuesday, 22 July 1902

Mr REID (East Sydney) - It is no doubt extremely unlikely that fewer candidates will ever be nominated than are required to be elected; but it may happen that three out of eight nominations will be invalid, in which case there will be fewer valid nominations than persons to be elected. If that occurred, the clause is mandatory that " the proceedings shall stand adjourned to polling day." To my mind, it is best to provide for even the most unlikely contingencies.

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - No provision has been made in the States Acts tomeet this case, because it is such an unlikely one, but as the question has been raised, I shall have the matter investigated. I think it is best to meet all cases of the kind, where possible.

Mr Glynn - I have prepared an amendment which will meet the case.

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - I shall be glad to consider it.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 109 -

Any elector -

(a)   who residesmore than five miles from the polling place at which he is entitled to vote ; or

(b)   who has reason to believe that he will on polling day be more than five miles from the polling place at which he is entitled to vote ; or

(c)   who being a woman believes that she will on account of ill-health be unable on polling day to attend the polling place to vote ; or

(d)   who will be prevented by serious illness or infirmity from attending the pollingplace on polling day ; may after the issue of the writ and before polling day make application in the form K in the schedule to the returning officer for the division in which he resides for a postal vote certificate.

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