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PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION ACTS
ENGLAND AND WALES,
ARRANGED ACCORDING TO THE
QUALIFICATION AND THE REGISTRATION OF ELECTORS,
NOTES, HISTORY AND SUMMARY,
BEING A TREATISE ON THE LAW OF THE ELECTION OF MEMBERS IN ENGLAND
J. M. LELY,
OF THE OXFORD CIRCUIT,
EDITOR OF "CHITTY'S STATUTES," ETC.; AND
W. D. I. FOULKES,
OF THE WESTERN CIRCUIT,
JOINT FDITORS OF "THE JUDICATURE ACTS," AND BARRISTERS-AT-LAW.
THE object of this book is to provide a treatise on the law of the election of members in England and Wales to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, based on the statutes and rules which now comprehend it.
With this view the enactments have been divided into Six Parts, under the heads of the Qualification and the Registration of Electors, Electoral Areas, the Disqualification of Candidates, the Election and the Election Petition respectively. Each Part contains, in chronological sequence, all the enactments relating to its particular subject, with notes and cross-references. The marginal notes, which have no legal value, and are sometimes redundant, and still more frequently defective, have been carefully re-written with the view both of guiding the eye in the mass of enactments, and of extracting the essence of each provision.
The annotations aim at embodying all the cases which have been decided upon the Acts, and the other cases applicable to the subject, with references to all the reports, and at supplying such brief comment as may be useful. Differences between the old law and the new are duly pointed out.
Parliamentary Registration being practically inseparable from Municipal Registration, the Parliamentary and Municipal Registration Act 1878 and the Registration Act 1885 are printed entire, the Municipal Qualifications also being given in a note, so as not to leave that subject incomplete.
In a History and Summary prefixed to the Acts, the Editors have traced as briefly as possible the law of Parliamentary Elections from the earliest times to the present, and
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have also grouped together the salient points of the law con-
An Index, which the Editors hope to be sufficient, con-
cludes the book. Each Part has a table showing the enact-
ments comprised in it, and four undivided statutes, being the
Parliamentary and Municipal Registration Act 1878, the
Registration Act 1885, the Ballot Act 1872, and the Corrupt
and Illegal Practices Prevention Act 1883, have also separate