Warning given on erection of election signs

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Give me a sign: Council has reaffirmed that election material is forbidden on council land. Picture: Gary Sissons

FRANKSTON council has voted in favour of a move to remain apolitical during the upcoming state election by voting to ensure election material is not placed on council property.

The council voted unanimously at the 1 October meeting to reaffirm that “whilst acknowledging the importance of freedom of political expression, council is committed to ensuring that public land is not dominated by election signs, and that election campaign activities do not override the objective of council event.”

The motion will see a letter sent to local representatives and candidates reminding them of this policy.

“Any candidate must seek permission from the land owner before putting up a sign,” Frankston council CEO Dennis Hovenden said.

“If you expect to put signs up on council land, don’t do it.”

Political signs will be covered on council land in the caretaker period from 30 October up until the election on 24 November. It was indicated that Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke’s sign at Frankston Park will be an example of those that will be removed.

Cr Glenn Aitken cautioned that the campaigning during elections can sometimes lead to “sinister activities.”

“There are hands and feet moving in the night,” Cr Aitken said.

“Voodoo type of stuff.”

Cr Brian Cunial recounted his experience with election signs at the last council election, proclaiming “I had a black texta penis drawn on mine.”

“It was quite graphic,” Cr Aitken said.

First published in the Frankston Times – 8 October 2018

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