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The South-Eastern Drainage Scheme Act.–1908.

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within one of the squares on his voting-paper, or on
of his voting-papers, as the case may be, opposite th
sentence which expresses his wish, and shall the fold th
paper or papers and immediately deliver it or them s
folded to the Returning Officer, or his Deputy, who shal
forthwith publicly, and without opening the same, deposi
it or them in a box to be provided for that purpose ; an
no voting-paper so deposited in any box shall on an
account be taken therefrom unless in the presence of th
scrutineers after the close of the poll. No voting-pape
shall be received unless it is so folded as to render i
impossible for the Returning Officer, his Deputy, or any

other person to see which way the vote is given : s. Any voter wilfully infringing any of the provisions of this

section, or obstructing the voting by any unnecessary delay in performing any act within the said polling-booth

or room, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor : X1. Any voter may signify to the Returning Officer, or his

Deputy, that, by reason of blindness or defective eyesight, he is unable to vote without assistance, and thereupon such officer or deputy, if satisfied of such inability, shall permit any agent named by such voter to accompany him into the apartment or place for voting to mark the voting-paper on such voter's behalf, and shall receive such

paper from such agent and deposit it in the ballot-box: XII. The only persons who shall be allowed to remain in the

polling-booth or room shall be the persons about to vote, the Returning Officer, the Deputy Returning Officer, and

the scrutineers : xii. No inquiry shall be permitted at any poll as to the right of

any person to vote, except as follows, that is to say The
Returning Officer, or his Deputy, may, or if required by
any sciutineer shall, put to any person applying for a
voting paper at the time of his so applying, but not
afterwards, the following questions, or any of them, and
no other:-
(1) Are

you
the
person

whose name appears as
and as the owner (or holder or lessee) of
the property set opposite your name in the list of

landholders for this district? (2) Have you already voted at the present poll? (3) Are you the landholder within the meaning of

“ The South-Eastern Drainage Scheme Act, 1908,” of the property in respect of which you

now claim to vote? Provided that the Returning-Officer or Deputy may by reference to the list of landholders or otherwise give any

information

The South-Eastern Drainage Scheme Act.—1908.

information necessary to explain the question or questions
so put. No person shall be entitled to vote unless his
answer to the first and third questions, or such of them as
is
put

to him, is in the affirmative, and to the second, if
put, in the negative; and any person who wilfully makes
a false answer to either of such questions shall be guilty of

a misdemeanor.
SIV. Every person who votes a second time, or offers to vote a

second time, at any poll, or who personates any other per-
son for the purpose of voting at any such poll, shall be

guilty of a misdemeanor.
xv. Immediately before taking the votes the Returning Officer,

or Deputy Returning Officer, shall exhibit the ballot-box
empty; and shall, immediately upon the close of the
voting, publicly close and seal the box containing the
voting-papers which have been taken at the voting-place at
which he presided, and each Deputy Returning Officer
shall, with as little delay as possible, deliver, or cause his
box to be delivered, to the Returning Officer; and any
Returning Officer, or Deputy Returning Officer, who un-
lawfully tampers with any ballot-box or voting-paper shall

be guilty of a misdemeanor.
XVI. At the close of the poll the Returning Officer shall fix a time,

as soon as conveniently may be, for examining the votes
and declaring the result of the poll, and shall, in the
presence of one at least of the scrutineers, and of as many
more as choose to be present, open all the boxes containing
voting-papers delivered at the taking of the poll, and shall
examine such voting papers, and shall reject all such as
contain crosses against both of the above-mentioned
sentences, or contain anything other than such matters
as are hereinbefore prescribed for such voting-papers :
And shall openly declare the general state of the votes at
the close of the poll, as the same are made up by him
from the voting-papers taken at the several voting-places:

And shall declare the result of the poll:
XVII. All voting-papers shall be preserved by the Returning Officer

until three months after the declaration of the result of the

poll. Any person convicted of a misdemeanor under this section shall be liable to be imprisoned for a term not exceeding six months.

15. The result of each poll shall be embodied in a certificate Certificate of result under the hand of the Returning Officer in the form of the Second of poll. Schedule to this Act, or in a form to the like effect. The certifi- Cf. ibid., s. 12. cates shall be published in the Gazette, which shall, after the expiration of three months from the declaration of the result, be conclusive evidence of such result, and of the validity of the poll, and the performance of all conditions precedent thereto.

16. If

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Order for carrying out scheme in Cf. ibid., sec. 14.

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The South-Eastern Drainage Scheme Act.—1908.

16. If the aggregate result of such polls is that two-thirds or pursuance of this Act. more of the votes of all the landholders voting approve of the

scheme being carried out in pursuance of this Act, the Governor

make an order that the scheme shall be carried out in pursuance of this Act, and the order shall be published in the Gazıtte. The scheme shall not be carried out unless and until such order is so published.

In the name and on behalf of His Majesty, I hereby assent to this Bill.

GEORGE R. LE HUNTE, Governor.

THE

The South-Eastern Drainage Scheme Act.—1908.

THE SCHEDULES.

THE FIRST SCHEDULE.

LIST OF PROPOSED DRAINS. 1. Extension of Baker's Range Drain to Dismal Swamp.

2. Drain commencing at a point in the hundred of Penola, and running in a northwesterly direction to Baker's Range Drain, in or near Block 7, hundred of Joyce.

3. Drain from Lake Omerod, through the hundreds of Naracoorte and Spence, to Baker's Range Drain, in or near Block 4, hundred of Joyce.

4. Drain commencing at a point in the hundred of Joyce, and running in a northwesterly direction to near the western boundary of the hundred of Minecrow, thence westerly to the sea at a point about five miles north of Kingston, with a branch commencing near the said western boundary of the hundred of Minecrow, and running in a north-easterly direction.

5. Drain commencing at a point in the hundred of Fox, and running in a westerly direction to the sea at or near Boatswain's Point.

6. Drain commencing at Reedy Creek Drain, near Furner, and running in a westerly direction to Lake George, with an outlet from that lake to the sea, near Beachport.

NOTE.—The positions of the proposed drains, as above indicated, are approximately the contemplated positions of such drains, and may be altered as found to be necessary or expedient.

THE SECOND SCHEDULE.

THE SOUTH-EASTERN DRAINAGE SCHEME. I, (name of Returning Officer), certify that a poll taken on the

day of

19 in the District of [name of District Council District), on the question whether the above-mentioned scheme should be carried out in pursuance of “ The South-Eastern Drainage Scheme Act, 1908,” resulted as follows:

Number of votes in approval of the scheme being so carried out
Number of votes in objection thereto.
Number of informal votes

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