Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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.

I re­fer specif­i­cally to one in­stance; the re­moval of a poster for Matthew Hughes placed at the top of Coul­ston Road in­ter­sect­ing with Dar­ling­ton Road.

The poster has been re­moved from its post and hid­den be­hind an­other for John Day.

I un­der­stand that this sort of thing has hap­pened in other places as well.

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.

Eileen Pep­pard checked out the view of the city from the South Perth Fore­shore. Email south­erngazette@ com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au to have your photo fea­tured.

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