I move the folowing amendment :
Section 114 of said Act is repealed and the following is substituted therefor :
Section 114 of the Act, I may say, reads as follows :
The returning officer shall, at least two days before the day fixed for polling, furnish to each candidate or his agent a list of all deputy returning officers appointed to act in such election with the name or number of the
polling station at which each of them is to act.
This must be done two days before the polling, and all he has to furnish is the names. Unless he gives the residence and occupation, the name is of little use. I propose that the following be substituted :
114. The returning officer shall, at least three clear days, next before the date fixed for polling, deliver to the official agent of each candidate, a last of all the deputy returning officers and poll clerks who will act in such election, stating the post office address and occupation or addition of each such officer, and the name or number of the polling station at which each of them is to act.
Then X propose to repeal section 116 of the said Act and substitute the following therefor :
116. Each deputy returning officer shall furnish to the returning officer, not later than nine o'clock in the morning of the fifth day prior to the day fixed for polling, the name, post office address and occupation, or addition of such poll clerk ; and the returning officer shall, not later than twelve o'clock noon of the day on which he receives such particulars, post up in his office a list of the deputy returning officers and poll clerks, with the post office address and occupation or addition of each, showing the polling station where each is to act, and shall permit free access to and afford full opportunity for inspection of such list by any candidate, agent or elector at all reasonable times, until the polls are closed. No person shall be appointed a deputy returning officer or poll clerk who is not a resident of and a voter in tbe municipality, parish, or other local territorial division wherein the polling subdivision in which he is to act is situate, or, in the case of unorganized territory, who is not a resident of, and a voter in the electoral district.
This latter provision as to residence is taken from the Ontario statutes and is certainly a very necessary one. Cases have arisen, and the Minister of Justice is well aware of them, where the absence of such a provision has worked great hardship and allowed frauds to be practised.
Topic: DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.