STIRLING mayoral candidate Elizabeth Re says she feels bullied and her supporters are fearful during the election campaign.
She said people were removing her signs from supporters’ properties during the night.
“I always get permission from the owners to get my signs up on their property,” Cr Re said.
“And these people are feeling very vulnerable and fearful as people are coming on to their property in the early hours of the morning without permission and in dark apparel and taking my signs.
“Some signs require cutters to remove from private fences and others had to be physically unscrewed from walls and others were secured strongly with 1.6m and 1.2m star pickets.
“So it is definitely not the wind.”
She said it was difficult for police to catch the culprits.
“I have quite a few people who are now putting security cameras on my signs in the hope we can catch them in the act,” she said.
“This is very expensive as some of the signs are $65 each and the star pickets are $40, not to mention the cost of petrol in chasing my signs up.
“I have financed my own campaigns so I don’t owe anybody and no one owes me.”
Cr Re said the City had asked her to remove one of her signs that did not conform with the council’s election sign policy.
It had been placed – against regulations – on the dividing strip on Morley Drive.
“I didn’t know it was there and removed it,” she said.
She said she had complained to the City and the WA Electoral Commission.
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