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the counterfoil, and shall put the ballot without being
opened into a ballot-box to be used for the purpose of
counting absent voters' ballots, and shall note on the list
of voters against the number of the voter the fact that he
has voted as an absent voter. If the Returning Officer
finds that the name of the deponent does not appear on
the list of voters for the electoral district named in the
affidavit, or that some person has in fact voted as such
voter at the poll held in the electoral district, or if the
signatures do not appear to the Returning Officer to be
identical, he shall retain the whole ballot-paper unsepa-
rated as to any part thereof and unopened as to that
portion of the ballot paper containing the candidates'
names. After all absent voters' ballot-papers from a poll-
ing division have been dealt with, the ballot-box shall be
opened and the Returning Officer shall proceed to count
the votes given for each candidate in like manner as that
provided for the counting of votes by a Presiding Officer
at the close of a poll, and shall make a written statement
showing the result in respect to each polling division
from which votes have been received, and shall seal up
in separate parcels marked, so as to indicate their con-
tents, the counted and the rejected ballots and the un-
opened absent voters' ballot-papers (if any), and also that
portion of each ballot-paper containing the counterfoil,
and the affidavit of the voter."

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Amends Form 27,
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21. The Schedule of said chapter 76 is amended by striking out in Form 27 the words “in full” where they occur in the sentence (Signature in full of Applicant).

VICTORIA, B.C. :
Printed by CHARLES F. BANFIELD, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.

1925.

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An Act respecting certain Appointments to the Execu

tive Council and Departments of the Executive Government of the Province.

[Assented to 26th November, 1925.] TIS MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the

Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:

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1. This Act may be cited as the “Executive Appointments Valida. Short title. tion Act."

2. No act, proceeding, or thing heretofore done, taken, or made, Validation of acts

of Ministers of the or purporting to have been done, taken, or made, by any person as Crown notwitha member of the Executive Council of British Columbia, or as the

standing failure to

issue Commission Minister presiding over any department of the Executive Govern- of appointment. ment of the Province, shall be declared or held to be invalid or ineffectual by reason of the fact that no Commission under the Great Seal of the Province had been theretofore issued appointing that person a member of the Executive Council of British Columbia or Minister to preside over a department of the Executive Government of the Province; and it shall not be competent for any Court to quash, set aside, or otherwise refuse to recognize the validity of any such act, proceeding, or thing by reason of the fact that no such Commission had been issued as aforesaid.

3. All persons now holding office as members of the Executive Declaration as to Council of British Columbia shall for all purposes be deemed to have present members of

appointments of

Executive Council. been duly appointed prior to the tenth day of May, 1924, and to have held office as members of the Executive Council of British Columbia continuously since that time.

VICTORIA, B.C. :
Printed by CHARLES F. BANFIELD, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1925.

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[Assented to 19th December, 1925.] IS MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the

Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:

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1. This Act may be cited as the “Forest Act Amendment Act, Short title. 1925."

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2. The “Forest Act,” being chapter 93 of the “Revised Statutes Enacts s. 30a. of British Columbia, 1924," is amended by inserting in Part Ill, the following section

“30A. (1.) For the purpose of meeting the cost of the development and protection of forest reserves, and the planting of denuded areas and maintaining the growth of continuous crops of timber in forest reserves, there shall be established in the Treasury an account to be known as the ' Forest Reserve Account.'

“(2.) Before closing the books of the Treasury at the end of each fiscal year there shall be paid into the Forest Reserve Account from the Consolidated Revenue Fund an amount equal to three per centum of the gross receipts for that year from timber royalty or tax and stumpage.

“(3.) The Minister of Finance shall make payments out of the Forest Reserve Account for the purpose of subsection (1) upon vouchers certified by the Minister of Lands.”

3. Section 112 of said chapter 93 is amended by inserting after Amends s. 112. the word “in,” in the second line, the words " or within one-half of a mile from."

4. Section 114 of said chapter 93 is amended by striking out the amends 8. 114. words “wilfully neglects” in the seventh line, and substituting therefor the word “ fails."

Amends s. 119.

5. Section 119 of said chapter 93 is amended by striking out all the words of subsection (3) after the word “section ” in the seventh and eighth lines.

Amends s. 128.

6. Section 128 of said chapter 93 is amended by striking out subsection (1), and substituting therefor the following:

“ 128. (1.) It shall be lawful for any railway company, in respect of timber purchased by it, and for any person owning or operating any mill, in respect of timber purchased by him or brought to his mill, to collect the stumpage and timber royalty or tax due to the Crown, and to give receipts therefor. All moneys so received shall be accounted for and paid over to the Minister.”

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VICTORIA, B.C. :
I'rinted by CHARLES F. BANFIELD, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.

1925.

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