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The Commonwealth Electoral Office would send an officer to Saigon next week to assist with Senate election voting arrangements for Australian service personnel in Vietnam the Minister for the Interior, Mr. Nixon said today.

He said Mr. J.E.P. JJaterworth, of the Commonwealth Electoral Office, Sydney would leave Australia on October 30, spend a day in Singapore conferring with the Assistant Returning Officer there, and then proceed to Saigon.

Mr. Nixon said Mr. g aterworth would advise and assist specially appointed Service returning officers with postal voting arrangements.

The Minister for the Army, Mr. Fraser, and the Minister for Air,`Mr. Howson, had arranged for service officers to act as Assistant Electoral Returning Officers for the Senate election.

All servicemen in Vietnam irrespective of age, or enrolment in Australia, were entitled to vote in the Senate election, he said.

Arrangements were being made to ensure that eligible service voters would receive an application for a postal vote.

About 5,000 postal voting forms would be sent to Vietnam alone.

After the close of nominations tomorrow the list of candidates would be sent to Vietnam and other places abroad. These lists would show the candidates and their party affiliations.

11 :then servicemen completed their postal votes these

would be returned to Australia for counting.

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