Signs of vandalism in South Surrey

Surrey South NDP candidate ‘targeted’

Contributed photo                                A large election sign for South Surrey NDP candidate Jonathan Siveira lies toppled at the northwest corner of 16 Avenue and Highway 99. The incident was among several targeting Silveira’s signs since April 19, campaign officials say.

Contributed photo A large election sign for South Surrey NDP candidate Jonathan Siveira lies toppled at the northwest corner of 16 Avenue and Highway 99. The incident was among several targeting Silveira’s signs since April 19, campaign officials say.

Surrey South New Democrats are hopeful someone will identify culprits who have been targeting candidate Jonathan Silveira’s election signs.

Sign chair Jef Keighley told Peace Arch News Thursday that eight of Silveira’s four-foot-by-eight-foot signs – those bearing large photographs of the candidate – have been knocked over, some more than once, since April 19.

“It’s very specifically targeted,” Keighley said, noting the incidents have been reported to both Elections BC and the RCMP. “Those that have been around this constituency… have never seen anything like it.”

Elections BC communications manager Andrew Watson said there is nothing in the Elections Act to address sign vandalism; calls are referred to police.

NDP co-chair Bill Piket told PAN Tuesday that an independent candidate’s signs are “also suffering.”

Keighley said most of the incidents have occurred during the day. Anyone who sees vandals in the act is asked to contact police. In Surrey, call 604-599-0502; in White Rock, 778-593-3600.

– Tracy Holmes