Local Round-Up: Close to 4,000 election posters removed for being illegal – The Post

Local Round-Up: Close to 4,000 election posters removed for being illegal

Cigarette butts are also cluttering up the city’s streets, but now the municipality is hopeful its new campaign will lead to fewer being discarded

Election poster havoc (photo: Lene Munk)
June 25th, 2019 2:53 pm| by Arushi Rajput

Some 4,474 of the EU and General Election posters erected in May and June were in violation of the rules, according to Copenhagen Municipality.

Violating the rules
Posters were in violation if they were put up prematurely, incorrectly, in prohibited locations, contravened the Danish Road Act or exceeded the time-frame of the election, and in total 3,887 were removed.

In 2017, only 1,378 posters were removed.  

Prioritising the detrimental ones
“Our main focus has been to remove posters that could be dangerous to traffic or burdensome to young trees and the city’s green areas,” explained the municipality.

The parties at fault will receive a bill corresponding to the number of unlawful posters the municipality had to remove. 

Citizens on the case
Citizens were invited to report wrongly-placed posters and accordingly sent 185 emails. 

“We see it as an expression that people want to take good care of their city,” added the municipality. 

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