City staff hope a new report will clarify the rules surrounding election signs in London.
The document heads to the Corporate Services Committee Tuesday afternoon and focuses on establishing set regulations surrounding when election signs can be posted and for how long.
“The major difference really relates to when campaign signs can be placed on properties,” said City Clerk Cathy Saunders.
“One of the major complaints that we received from residents was the length of time that the signs were allowed to be in place, and how long it took for them to be taken down after the election.”
Saunders says the current bylaw doesn’t have a restriction, just a general guideline that the signs should be removed on the Saturday after voting day. The new bylaw proposes candidates must have their signs removed within 72 hours after voting day.
The new bylaw also states that lawn signs won’t be allowed to be put up until Nomination Day.
“The bylaw provides clarity to not only the candidates, but also to the public as to what they can expect during an election year in regards to the signs,” said Saunders.
Signs that are not claimed by candidates may be destroyed, and candidates could face fines under Provincial Offences Act.
Should the regulations pass, they’ll be in effect for the 2018 municipal election.