This week Emmett Corcoran, Independent Candidate in the Rosocmmon South Leitrim By-Elelction has called on the other candidates that have declared their intention to contest the election to clarify their position on making this a “Poster Free” campaign.
Mr. Corcoran said, Now that the vast majority of candidates have announced their intention to contest the by-election it is imperative that all candidates who are claiming to be a change from “more of the same” prove it by supporting a poster free election campaign, the first Ireland would ever see at national level. There is a Fine Gael Councillor in Galway calling for a county wide ban on the election poster, there is a definite shift away from this archaic election practice, he added.
I'm not too proud to admit that I am likely to be one of the least well known candidates to contest this bye election. I am essentially starting this race with negative equity as regards profile but even being in that position it seems utterly insane to me, and anyone I know, that in 2014 our political system has not made it beyond the same practices our ancestors engaged, Emmett explained.
Continuing on form his initial call for a poster free campaign Corcoran added that, In modern Ireland our educated and informed electorate does not need to have posters, flyers and other prehistoric-spam cluttering up our homes and streets. As anecdotal as my evidence may be, I am yet to meet one person who ever supported a candidate because they had a nice poster. It's true that most the time posters are not likely to hurt a candidates chances but why do we choose to engage in a totally redundant and overly expensive tradition?
Today we have local newspaper that give fantastic coverage to campaigns and campaigners. We have local and regional radio stations that strive to inform the electorate on the issues of the day. We have social media, websites and email. All these mediums are at our disposal. All of these mediums can be referenced openly and freely, and yet politicians choose to go out of their way to add cost to the election process with little or no return on that investment.
Mr. Corcoran stated that Fine Gael Councillor, Pearce Flannery, is proposing a motion for the next Galway County Council meeting that election posters be banned.
He also noted that a couple of County Councillors got elected to the Roscommon County Council without a single election poster, they obviously didn’t need them.
I am asking all candidates who have entered the race to support a “POSTER FREE” campaign. John McDermott of the HAC has said they will consider it, but we are yet to hear the intentions of the candidates. We are entering a new era in Irish politics. People want to see representatives lead from the front and enact real change. At the end of the day posters don't win the support of the people, the candidates and their policies do, Emmett concluded.
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