Today’s Editorial: Defacement immature act

Evidence of mankind stooping to a low point appears on an election campaign poster just east of Breakers.

Someone or more than one person at some point last week took a can of red spray paint and defaced the images of Roy Bodden, Gilbert McLean and Mark Scotland, all United Democratic Party candidates for Bodden Town.

We would be just as appalled if the same action had been taken to the posters of the Peoples Progressive Movement Party, the People’s Democratic Alliance or the independent candidates.

The action of defacing campaign posters is not only illegal; it is childish and shows the immaturity of the person or persons opposing either that party or those candidates.

There has already been way too much mudslinging on all sides of the election campaigns this year. To add the criminal act of defacing expensive campaign posters is, well, criminal.

The election is only 17 days away and already potential voters and members of the public at large can by heard saying they wish the election was already over.

We’re all tired of hearing how bad or evil an opposing candidate is. Some candidates are even taking jabs at their opponent’s children. That’s just downright wrong.

Remember, children learn by watching their elders. When they hear candidates slinging verbal mud at the opposition they will naturally assume that such bad behaviour is OK.

One could safely assume that rabble-rousing from opposing candidates led to the defacement of the UDP poster.

This election should be about issues.

Candidates and their supporters have a duty to help voters by giving them information they need, not cloud the issues.

There is a danger that negative campaigning will backfire when voters go to the polls and realise the issues they wanted addressed have not been spelled out.

Candidates who are mudslinging, stop it and address the issues.

Supporters, don’t stoop to acts of defacement of campaign material. Get behind your candidate and encourage him or her to address the issues.

Once the election is over we all have to live together; hopefully in harmony.

Candidates can’t expect to insult their Caymanian brother or sister on the campaign trail today and expect to work with them for the good of the country once the election is over.

Whatever they want to do or say, candidates should follow the physicians’ first principle – above all, do no harm.

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