1902 New Zealand general election
The New Zealand general election of 1902 was held on Tuesday, 25 November, in the general electorates, and on Monday, 22 December in the Māori electorates to elect a total of 80 MPs to the 15th session of the New Zealand Parliament. A total number of 415,789 (76.7%) voters turned out to vote.
All 80 seats in the New Zealand House of Representatives
41 seats were needed for a majority
The Rev Frank Isitt was nominated as the Prohibitionist candidate for ten separate electorates, and came second in eight. Another candidate, David Whyte, was nominated for two. Both men stood to ensure that a local liquor licensing poll was held in each electorate for which they were nominated.
1902 electoral redistributionEdit
The Representation Act 1900 had increased the membership of the House of Representatives from general electorates 70 to 76, and this was implemented through the 1902 electoral redistribution. In 1902, changes to the country quota affected the three-member electorates in the four main centres. The tolerance between electorates was increased to ±1,250 so that the Representation Commissions (since 1896, there had been separate commissions for the North and South Islands) could take greater account of communities of interest. These changes proved very disruptive to existing boundaries. Six electorates were established for the first time: Courtenay, Newtown, Grey Lynn , Hurunui, Oroua, and Kaipara. Two electorates that previously existed were re-established: Mount Ida and Hutt.
This boundary redistribution resulted in the abolition of three electorates:
Frank Isitt, a Methodist minister, stood in ten seats as a Prohibition candidate, and came second in eight.
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The following are the results of the 1902 general election:
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- "The General Election, 1902". National Library. 1903. pp. 1–4. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
- "The Elections". The Press. LIX (11436). 21 November 1902. p. 2. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
- "Mr Charles Leech". Auckland Star. XXXIII (281). 26 November 1902. p. 3. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
- "Electoral District of Napier". Hawke's Bay Herald. XXXVII (12308). 1 December 1902. p. 3. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
- "Electoral District of Oamaru". The Oamaru Mail. XXVIII (8060). 29 November 1902. p. 3. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
- "Page 18 Advertisements Column 1". Observer. XXIII (10). 22 November 1902. p. 18. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
- Massey, the Senior Conservative Whip, served as de facto leader