1892 Wellington City mayoral election

The 1892 Wellington City mayoral election was part of the New Zealand local elections held that same year to decide who would take the office of Mayor of Wellington for the following year.

1892 Wellington City mayoral election

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Turnout1,982 (65.06%)
Candidate Francis Bell George Fisher
Party Independent Independent
Popular vote 1,405 572
Percentage 70.88 28.87

Mayor before election

Francis Bell

Elected Mayor

Francis Bell

Background edit

The incumbent mayor Francis Bell initially did not intend to stand for a second term. Former mayor John Duthie intended to run in his place, but after commencing his campaign he withdrew owing to illness in his family. After Duthie retired from the contest Bell agreed to run for re-election.[1] The election took place during a period when political partisanship was increasing in local politics.[2] At the beginning of the year Bell had contested a by-election in the City of Wellington electorate for the conservative opposition but was defeated.[3] By contrast Bell's opponent was former mayor George Fisher who was an MP who supported the Liberal Party government.[1]

Election results edit

The following table gives the election results:

1892 Wellington mayoral election[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Francis Bell 1,405 70.88 +8.57
Independent George Fisher 572 28.87
Informal votes 5 0.25
Majority 833 42.02 +17.40
Turnout 1,982 65.06

Notes edit

  1. ^ a b "Wellington News Notes". The New Zealand Herald. Vol. XXIX, no. 9020. 27 October 1892. p. 5.
  2. ^ Betts 1970, pp. 39.
  3. ^ "Wellington City Election". Wanganui Herald. Vol. XXVI, no. 7620. 16 January 1892. p. 2. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Mayoral Elections". New Zealand Mail. 9 December 1892. p. 38.

References edit