Opinion: Vandalism has no place in election campaigns


It’s time to put law and order back into election campaigns.
It’s time to put law and order back into election campaigns.

CAMPAIGNING for the coming State election is well underway, with political parties erecting roadside posters notifying residents of their candidates.

Sadly, it is becoming evident that supporters have taken to damaging and destroying posters of political parties that they do not support.

As I understand it (I may be in error) it might be an offence under the Electoral Act for a person to damage or deface electoral material.

Even if it is not an offence it certainly does not enhance the reputation of the political party of the people who destroy posters.

We, the people, have observed several elections over the recent past here and overseas.

Those campaigns have been violent and vitriolic and in case the major parties and their supporters haven’t noticed we are fed up with negative, spiteful, destructive campaigning.

Can the politicians, and more importantly their supporters, just give us a break and allow the campaign to be conducted with decency and some level of intelligence and integrity?

Can they leave out sly deceitful behaviour like this?

It doesn’t enhance the reputation of your candidate to destroy the electoral process.

CHRISTINA LYALL,

Darlington.