Election Sign Damage is a Criminal Offence

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KENORA – NEWS – Kenora OPP is issuing a reminder to all citizens that any act of mischief committed in relation to election signs is a criminal offence.

The OPP would like to remind the public that it is an offence to remove or damage official election signs. People found damaging or removing signs can face charges under the Criminal Code. Further, according to the Canada Elections Act, “No person shall prevent or impair the transmission to the public of an election advertising message without the consent of a person with authority to authorize its transmission.”

The Kenora OPP has received reports of signs being stolen, vandalized and tampered within the City of Kenora.

Election sign vandalism is not a stranger to Thunder Bay either.

Election sign for Conservative Candidate Frank Pullia was taken down along Cumberland Street North and appears to have been thrown on the creek bank of McVicar's Creek ©2019 NetNewsLedger.com
Election sign for Conservative Candidate Frank Pullia was taken down along Cumberland Street North and appears to have been thrown on the creek bank of McVicar’s Creek ©2019 NetNewsLedger.com

In most cases, these signs are posted on private property. Any person entering onto private property, without colour of right, in order to attempt to commit an illegal act in relation to election signs is also guilty of trespassing.

Those persons found committing such offenses will be charged accordingly.

Anyone aware of such activity is encouraged to forward their information to the Kenora OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

NetNewsLedger, and our Newshawks when we see damaged election signs will take a picture and forward the information and location to the political campaign the sign represents.