At least eight YUSU elections candidates have fallen victim to vandalism of campaign posters across campus.
An anonymous source told Nouse that around 8:30am yesterday she spotted YUSU President Kallum Taylor’s ‘K’ posters had been pulled down.
Throughout the day other candidates discovered material from their campaigns had vanished or been destroyed.
The worst affected areas were inside new Derwent and around the courtyard, along the walkway to Vanbrugh and Vanbrugh College itself. Central Hall, the library and the bridges crossing central lake were also targeted.
The source said she had witnessed two people tearing the black tape on banners over central hall as late as 2:30pm yesterday.
Taylor has been hit particularly hard with roughly 100 ‘K’ posters removed all over the University. They were later found in a pile outside Derwent College.
Taylor’s large red banner over central hall was found cut in two yesterday morning, whilst another was discovered on the floor in Derwent.
Taylor told Nouse, “The campaign is one thing, but the main gripe for me is the sheer amount of hours that our volunteers and supporters have put into making our material have been pretty much wiped out. I suppose I’ve just got to go out there now even more and make their time still mean something.”
Jason Brandwood, who had two of his large fabric banners by Market Square and Vanbrugh Paradise stolen, said, “It’s not nice, but you wouldn’t want it to overshadow everything else. Most people have had stuff taken down and you just get over it. Its almost a compliment, they seem to have ripped down the most noticeable stuff.”
Nick Hall told Nouse that his Courtyard banner was ripped down as well as a large part of his Central Hall poster. Many of his ‘tick’ symbols have also been stolen.
Matt Stephenson, George Offer, Anna McGivern, Sam Malone have also had posters taken down or vandalised, with some found floating in central lake.
Stephenson said, “Most candidates have been affected. We’ve put in hard work over many weeks and I think it’s really disappointing that some people have gone out of their way to harm people’s campaign.”
Candidates are worried about how this will affect their campaign finance. Rules state full time officers may spend up to £35, and part time officers just £20.
The Returning Officer has confirmed to Nouse that candidates will not receive any extra allowance to account for it.
Those responsible are yet to come forward.