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MLA Mike Nesbitt seeks election posters ban

Plans to scrap the use of campaign posters in Northern Ireland elections are to be put to the Assembly.

A Private Member's Bill could be in place outlawing poster displays by the time of the next scheduled poll - the European Parliament elections to be held in 2013.

The plan is being prepared by Ulster Unionist MLA Mike Nesbitt, who has already gained support from fellow politicians, including main electoral rivals the DUP.

"In May we had some 250 candidates, most of them putting up between 300 to 400 posters each, at a cost of up to about £5 a time," Mr Nesbitt said.

"Yet there is absolutely no evidence that they help to get anyone elected - in fact the response to them tends to be all negative, especially when they are still up a long time after election day," he added.

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