Election sign vandalism draws RCMP attention

Some campaign signs in Cranbrook are being removed, defaced or otherwise vandalized

  • Oct. 16, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Vandalism to Cranbrook election signs has drawn the attention of the RCMP.

In several parts of the City of Cranbrook, campaign signs for individuals running for seats on Council or with the School Board are being removed, defaced or otherwise vandalized and this has caught the attention of the RCMP.

“We want to remind residents that it is a criminal code offence to remove or alter these official signs,” says Sgt. Jay Wessel of the Cranbrook RCMP detachment. “If you are caught removing or altering these election signs or posters, you may be charged with mischief, which could result in a fine or up to two years in jail.”

The charge of mischief is pursuant to Section 430 (4) of the Criminal Code. “Election signage is a significant part of any potential candidates’ campaign,” says Chris Zettel, Communications Officer for the City of Cranbrook. “Not only is removing or destroying these signs against the law, these signs are expensive to make and to replace. The signs are around the community for a relatively short time, so I hope people will be respectful and simply leave them alone.”

If you witness acts of mischief or any other crime, you can call the Cranbrook RCMP detachment at 250-489- 3471 or East Kootenay Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. You can also Google “Cranbrook Crimestoppers” and leave a web tip.

The election is set for Saturday November 15, 2014. Polls are open on Saturday, Nov. 15. from 8 am to 8 pm for City of Cranbrook residents at the Laurie Middle School gymnasium on 2nd Street South. Three advance polls are set for Wednesday, Nov. 5, Thursday, Nov. 6 and Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 8 am to 8 pm at the Senior Citizens’ Centre at 125 17th Avenue South.

For more information about the 2014 General Municipal Election in Cranbrook, please visit the City’s website – www.cranbrook.ca.

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