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Election signs are a site for sore eyes on roadsides

Oct 10th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest News, News

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LOCAL body election signs have been criticised, and it’s not just the public who are voicing their concerns.

The signs have been described as “visual clutter” by Wellington mayoral candidate Jack Yan.

Mr Yan, who has only three banners up around Wellington, said that he has traditionally stayed away signs because he says other options are more effective.

Some candidates have experienced negative feedback from the public through graffiti and other forms of vandalism.

Onslow-Western ward candidate Simon Woolf said some of his hoardings in Khandallah had been ploughed down by a 4wd last week.

Southern Ward candidate Paul Eagle has had plenty of experience with graffiti on elections signs in the past.

All of Mr Eagle’s hoardings have been treated to make graffiti easier to clean off.

The Wellingtonians spoken to by NewsWire thought that hoardings were an eyesore, and were not an effective form of advertisement.

“They don’t have any relevant information. It’s funny that they don’t do anything during the term then all of sudden they’re everywhere,” Guitar teacher James (23) said.

Tyler, a student, (16) said she tries not to take much notice of them because they are irritating.

“I think flyers would be a better form of advertisement” she said.

Cliff and Marilyn, a retired couple said that hoardings were disgusting.

“They bug me when I’m driving” said Cliff.

“I don’t need to be propagandised, I don’t need to be bought” Street campaigner Aaron (34) told NewsWire.

 

 

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is a Whitireia journalism student covering the Mount Cook area in Wellington. He has a BA in Political Science and Media Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.
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