Yes, but this is a Bill giving the instructions for the parties who are going to take the vote. Where you have a section like section 2 which deals with the whole voting under these exceptional circumstances, the expression of the method means the exclusion of the more general method contained in the Dominion Elections Act.
I would also like to point out that this section provides .for the volunteer who desires to vote:
In the presence of the said officer, but in such a manner as not to disclose to the officer how he is voting. I
I would like to know how this is possible. The Dominion Elections Act provides that a person who wants to mark his ballot shall go into a separate apartment away from the officer and scrutineers and make his mark there, and there is absolute secrecy. There cannot be absolute secrecy here. Fancy the situation in which a vote of this kind will be taken. You have the commanding officer of the company or squadron, as the case may be, in a tent at the front, and you have his table in the centre of .the tent. Where is the soldier going to go in that tent for the purpose of marking his ballot so that the officer cannot see what he is doing?
These two points seem to me to be entirely weak. If the wish is to preserve the secrecy of the ballot, you are trying to provide an impossibility, in view of the conditions under which the vote would be taken. In the second place, in my judgment, the provisions of the Dominion Elections Act would not apply to the illiterate voter, for all the directions are contained in the Bill, and this would not be covered without some express declaration.