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Wednesday, 23 July 1902

Mr BAMFORD (Herbert) - I should like to know if the provision relating to the spelling of names is to have a general application. Paragraph (b) of clause 113 also contains a reference to the writing of the candidate's name by electors. If it be possible for a man towrite his own name incorrectly, I am sure that the risk of error is greatly increased when he is called upon to write some one else's name. Only recently, in a North Queensland newspaper, I saw the Prime Minister referred to as Sir Edward Barton. Therefore I desire to know if the provision in reference to the spelling of names is to be general in its application?

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - The object of this clause is to prevent any elector being deprived of a vote through the commission of an error.I knowthatthe votesof our German colonistshavefrequently been disallowed on account of an error in spelling. The purpose of thisprovision is to allowthe elector tovote, despite any errorof that kind, should the presiding officer be satisfied of his identity.

Motion agreed to ; clause postponed.

Clause 146 agreed to.

Clause 147-

Immediately upon handing the ballot-paper to the person claiming to vote the presiding officer shall place a mark against the person's name on the list of voters.

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