IN advance of the European elections, due to be held later this month, people in Belturbet have made calls for a poster free zone to be observed.
In the run up to this week’s council elections posters have been a topic of much debate here. Local councillors have reported damage to their posters, including instances of posters being defaced with paint in Tempo, or removed completely in Derrylin.
The call for a poster-free zone, made by the local Tidy Towns group comes weeks in advance of the upcoming European elections due to take place later this month.
The Anglo-Celt reports that this is a voluntary ban that relies on the goodwill and self-compliance of election candidates in the area.
Commenting on election posters Derrylin former councillor Barry Doherty said, “From my own point of view, if I had a magic wand, one of the things I would do would be to get rid of election posters tomorrow.
“At this moment in time, particularly new candidates feel that they are essential as part of the election process. I know there is a public surge of feeling towards removing them. They are, however, part of the democratic process at the minute and as long as they are taken down, along with cable ties, I am not particularly opposed to them.
“But, if I had my way I wouldn’t have them there at all. At this present moment in time I do think it would be difficult to impose an exclusion zone.”
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