Many Election Signs Destroyed or Replaced by Fakes in Hughes | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

True and False Election Signs for Independent Georgia Steele.  Photo: Facebook

True and False Election Signs for Independent Georgia Steele. Photo: Facebook

About 100 election signs for Hughes’ independent Georgia Steele were destroyed and another 30 replaced with fakes on Thursday night.

There were similar attacks on the posters of two other independents, Zali Steggall in Warringah and Dr Sophie Scamps in Mackellar.

Ms Steele, who revealed the vandalism in a Facebook post and campaign email, said the signs were on private property and she had reported the matter to the Australian Election Commission and the police.

“Last night our corflutes were shredded and stolen, and fake ones were installed in their place,” she wrote. “Telephone booths were also spray painted.

“These materials were paid for with community donations and they have been completely destroyed from Waterfall to Wattle Grove.”

Earlier this week, Ms Steele’s campaign team removed her election signs from power poles in the electorate.

“We have removed them at Ausgrid’s request,” a campaign spokesperson said.

Since then, signs for incumbent MP Craig Kelly have been attached to many utility poles, and the leader was also given a photo showing a Scott Morrison sign on a utility pole on Princes Highway, Sylvania. Comments have been sought from his office.

Ausgrid warned candidates in April that the practice was illegal.

A Craig Kelly sign among illegally dumped trash in Fowler Road, Illawong.  Photo: Adam Snell

A Craig Kelly sign among illegally dumped trash in Fowler Road, Illawong. Photo: Adam Snell

Mr Kelly has also been on the receiving end of vandalism.

Resident Adam Snell snapped a photo of one of Mr Kelly’s signs among illegally dumped trash in Fowler Road, Illawong.

The glass window of Mr Kelly’s Sutherland’s electoral office has also been smashed.

Craig Kelly Sutherland's polling station window was also smashed.

Craig Kelly Sutherland’s polling station window was also smashed.

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