Election dirty tricks: City of Canning

Election dirty tricks: City of Canning

SEVERAL City of Canning mayoral candidates have reported vandalism and interference in their campaigns.

As postal voting opened in the local government election, four candidates said the vandalism had been an unexpected part of campaigning.

Christine Cunningham, of Wilson, said she was disappointed to see a wall of posters torn down outside her home and drawings of gun scopes on other posters. She said it was not good to see, but thought it could be a reaction to the widespread campaign material throughout the Canning suburbs.

“I think the in-your-face advertising could be offensive to some voters,” she said.

Ms Cunningham said she did not think there was planning involved in the action.

Jesse Jacobs, of East Cannington, had the windows of his campaign car smashed while doorknocking in Queens Park.

He said the vandalism highlighted the need for the new council to curb anti-social behaviour in the suburbs.

“It has made me think what more can we do as a council to promote safer and more secure neighbourhoods,” he said.

Bentley’s Margaret Hall said early in her campaign an anonymous caller contacted her sign printer and rescheduled the production of her banners intended for bus stops.

“When I found out, it took another three weeks to get my signs out,” she said.

“I was very disappointed at the time, because I couldn’t do anything about it.”

Blair Campbell, also from Wilson, experienced theft and vandalism of campaign posters on three separate occasions.

He said it was a shame because the election was significant.

“This is possibly one of the most important things to happen in the City of Canning for a long time and the information about candidates needs to be out there for the public,” he said.

To report vandals, call police on 131 444.