Hon CHARLES FITZPATRICK (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 52) to amend the Franchise Act, 1898.' He said: This Bill is'to facilitate proceedings in contested election cases. The effect of it will be to enable any list of electors bearing the imprint of the King's Printer to be produced in court as prima facie evidence of the original list. At the present time, in order to prove in a contested election case that the petitioner is a qualified voter, it is necessary to do one of two things, either to summon the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery to appear before the court with the original list, or to get from him a certified copy of the list. Either method is cumbrous and expensive, and to overcome the difficulty this amendment is proposed.
Motion agreed to. and Bill read the first time.