RCMP investigates election sign thefts

Campaign teams and supporters have been warned tampering with other candidates’ signs is an election offence as the Elk Valley RCMP investigates a string of thefts in Fernie.

According to the RCMP, the thefts occurred between October 10 and 12 when election signs were disposed of at various locations throughout the City of Fernie, with some ending up in local rivers and ravines.

Police are requesting the public’s assistance to identify the person(s) responsible. Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP at 250-423-4404.

Chief Election Officer for City of Fernie and District of Sparwood, Kevin Allen, has also heard reports of signs being removed in Sparwood.

He has emailed candidates in both municipalities reminding them that this is an election offence and asking them to communicate with their campaign teams, and supporters that it is unacceptable behaviour.

“I added that ‘if you or your supporters believe a sign is in violation of a sign or election bylaw, please contact me and I will investigate, and act’,” he said.

Allen said the most likely penalty for a person caught removing campaign signs would be a fine and the exact circumstances would dictate the amount.

District of Elkford Chief Election Officer Sarann Press has not received any reports of sign tampering in Elkford.

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