The Elections Office has received a number of public enquiries relating to political signage that have been erected in the lead up to the 2021 General Election.
As such, the National Roads Authority, Planning Department and Elections Office are reminding candidates and their supporters of relevant important safety information.
Planning permission is not required for the placement of signage and therefore there are no limitations regarding size. Approval must be sought from the land owner before any signs are placed.
The placement of signage must not create an obstruction or impede the sightlines of motorists on road bends and at intersections.
No political signage is permitted on roundabouts as they obstruct driver sightlines, are an added distraction and may disrupt buried utilities (e.g. water pipes or electrical cabling).
The use of LED lights on signs is discouraged due to the potential for its glare to distract drivers at night.
“I’m sure every political hopeful would wish to promote road safety throughout the community. We are asking that they do their part by ensuring political signage is properly positioned,” said the Managing Director of the National Roads Authority, Edward Howard.
Reports have also been received of political signs being damaged. Damaging private property is an offence and should be reported to RCIPS for investigation.
Signage, including related framing, must be removed prior to Election Day on Wednesday, 14 April 2021 as per the Elections Act.