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Citizen referred to prosecution for removing campaign banners

A resident has been accused of taking down local election banners which had been covering his store sign.

The Election Commission of South Chungcheong Province said Tuesday that a resident of Cheonan has been reported to the Cheonan Branch of Daejeon District Prosecutors’ Office.

The man is accused of taking down two placards at around 6:30 a.m. on May 31, that of a South Chungcheong Provincial governor candidate and a Cheonan city councilor candidate. 

Placards hang near the entrance of an apartment complex in Mapo-gu, Seoul on May 31. (Yonhap)
Placards hang near the entrance of an apartment complex in Mapo-gu, Seoul on May 31. (Yonhap)

The Public Official Election Act stipulates that those who damage or remove “any campaign poster, placard, or other propaganda facilities without justifiable grounds” may face a prison term of up to two years or a fine of 4 million won ($3,750) at maximum.

The accused reportedly took down the banners because they were “covering his store sign and obstructing business.”

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