Candidates frustrated after election corflutes taken, defaced

Local candidates have been left frustrated after finding their election corflutes have been removed, stolen and defaced.

Independent Senate candidate Anthony Pesec said that of his 400 roadside corflutes, half had been damaged or removed.

Independent ACT Senate candidate Anthony Pesec says half of his 400 election corflutes have been removed or damaged. Picture: Supplied

Independent ACT Senate candidate Anthony Pesec says half of his 400 election corflutes have been removed or damaged. Picture: Supplied

Mr Pesec said having signs damaged and taken was a big financial drain on self-funded candidates.

"For me to lose my signs, it's a big bummer," he said.

"Especially for me, it's a matter of building up my profile."

Mr Pesec estimated that each sign, including printing and the stake it's attached to, cost about $7.

Liberal candidate for Canberra Mina Zaki has previously posted social media photos of damaged and defaced signs.

Independent candidate for Bean Jamie Christie said 10 per cent of his signs had been taken but it was "gratifying" to be getting the attention.

"I think it suggests to me that I'm a bit of a destabilising influence in what otherwise would have been a one-horse race," he said.

But independent candidate for Canberra Tim Bohm said he hadn't offended enough people to have his signs targeted.

"I have lost one, so that's pretty good out of 12," he said.

ACT Policing said there had been no formal investigations into tampering or destruction of election signage.