When this subsection
was allowed to stand, it was after certain suggestions, had been made with regard to making some matters that might be considered to be covered by it perfectly clear, one of them being that the volunteer presenting himself at the poll to vote should be subject to being called upon *o be sworn then and there. A second thing that was pointed out was that while subsection 6 does provide by reference to the Dominion Elections Act for agents, or what are called scrutineers, to be present at the polls, in view of the circumstances in which the votes will be taken and of the fact that they may be taken for more than one electoral district, it is desirable to provide that agents may be present at the polls as agents, not necessarily exclusively of any one candidate, but of all candidates of the party for which they are appointed scrutineers.
Finally, it was suggested that it would be wise that we should put in a provision to require the military authorities of the different camps to give all possible facilities for the holding of the polls. To meet these three suggestions, I have prepared amendments. I move that subsection 6 of section 4 be amended by adding thereto:
" 6a. Any volunteer presenting' himself to vote shall, if so required, even though his name be upon the list prepared by the camp returning officer, take the oath contained in form B of this Act and in form Y of the Dominion Elections Act, and if his claim to vote rests upon his having been a qualified elector in any electoral district at the time of his enlistment or appointment, any other oath which under the Dominion Elections Act may be required to be taken by voters generally claiming a like qualification.
" 6b. In addition to agents who may be appointed in accordance with the Dominion Elections Act to represent candidates at the poll, agents may be appointed on behalf of either the Government or the Opposition and such agents shall have all the powers of agents of candidates under the said Act and be entitled
to exercise the said powers on behalf of all candidates in all electoral districts for the party by which such agents have been named and any person or persons named as agent or agents of any candidate of a party shall be entitled to act as agent or agents of any other candidate of the same party in any electoral district or districts. -
"*6c. The military authorities at every camp or base where a poll is to be held as aforesaid shall afford to the camp returning officer all necessary facilities for the holding of the same."
The effect will be to make it quite clear that the volunteer may be sworn both according to form B and according to form Y, the latter being against disqualification or any corrupt act on his part or exercised upon him, and also any further oath under the Dominion Elections Act which may be required of those claiming like qualification.
Subtopic: SOLDIERS' VOTING BILL.