Election signs around the Southern Downs have been vandalised during the past week.
Election signs around the Southern Downs have been vandalised during the past week.

Candidates warned against false complaints, sign vandalism

COUNCIL candidates are being urged to run an honest election campaign during the next four weeks.

The Crime and Corruption Commission and Local Government Association of Queensland have joined forces to discourage candidates from making false or frivolous complaints about other other candidates.

CCC statistics show that while most candidates run honest campaigns, there are spikes in the number of complaints made during local government elections.

Complaints can come from a variety of sources including candidates and members of the public.

While the CCC is not discouraging people from making genuine complaints, it has warned of the serious reputation damage caused by making and publicising baseless complaints.

Making a complaint that is not true can also be a criminal offence.

Each genuine complaint received by the CCC is treated confidentially and assessed independently and objectively.

Meanwhile, candidates and members of the public are being warned that vandalising election signs is a crime.

A number of election signs belonging to several candidates have been vandalised across the Rose City during the past week.

For more information about the CCC, visit www.ccc.qld.gov.au/LG2016.



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