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Lagan Valley: Most parties agree not to put up election posters

European election posters in south Belfast in 2009. Most parties in Lagan Valley have agreed not to put up posters during the assembly campaign. Picture by Colm Lenaghan, Pacemaker

MOST parties in the Lagan Valley assembly constituency have agreed not to put up election posters.

The Alliance, DUP, SDLP and Ulster Unionists have agreed not to erect posters on lampposts for the duration of the campaign, although billboards or mobile advertising will be allowed.

The parties also said on the day before the March 2 election, a "limited number" of posters will be put up outside polling stations.

A spokesman appealed to other parties campaigning in the constituency to follow the agreement.

"As political parties in Lagan Valley we recognise the desire from the public to minimise disruption during this election campaign and believe this is the right step to take," he said.

"Engagement with the electorate will be focused on the door step. This voluntary agreement is in place until 6pm on March 1, at which point candidates may place a limited number of posters outside each polling station.

"No posters will be placed on main/arterial roads unless directly outside a polling station. If this agreement is broken by one party it is no longer valid."

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