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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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Election as the method of selecting the person or persons to hold office by means of a joint decision of more than one person or institution, is to be distinguished from the method of appointment by means of a sole decision of one person. Election can have the direct effect of enabling the persons entitled to vote to remove from office persons who have been, or are likely to be, displeasing to them, and to install such persons as are likely to be pleasing; in this way past actions can be altered and future action controlled, for the benefit of those entitled to vote.


Donald Edgar Paterson, B.A., LL.M.(N.Z.), LL.M., J.S.D.(YALE), Lecturer in Jurisprudence and Constitutional Law, Victoria University of Wellington.Bernard John Foster, M.A., Research Officer, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington.Alan David Robinson, M.A.(N.Z.), M.SOC.SC.(HAGUE), LL.D.(AMSTERDAM), Lecturer in Political Science, Victoria University of Wellington.