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Campaign agents should leave private property alone

By Vision Reporter

Added 15th November 2010 03:00 AM

EDITOR: The Electoral Commission (EC) is running adverts warning the public that it is a crime to remove or deface political candidates' posters.

EDITOR: The Electoral Commission (EC) is running adverts warning the public that it is a crime to remove or deface political candidates' posters.

While the EC is emphatic that it is criminal to do so and that the culprit is liable to prosecution, it is silent on what punishment people who pin or paste posters on private property should expect from the long arm of the law.

I don't believe in any of the candidates or their manifestos and therefore a poster on my wall fence would be offensive to me.

Secondly, even if I removed the posters after reporting to the Police, it costs time and money when I should be engaged in some more useful exercise. Some posters are glued to the wall and are not easy to remove completely or neatly. This means I have to repaint the wall. Why should I suffer that expense?

Even if I belonged to a party, I would not want my candidate's poster to be on my wall fence.

I request the EC to be very clear and tell overzealous campaign agents to leave private properties alone. There is no difference between my wall fence and my car. I would remove the poster from my fence as I would from my car.

Osborne Wamanga
Kampala

Campaign agents should leave private property alone

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