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Mystery as spoof election posters spotted around Belfast - but who's behind it?

A spoof poster in Belfast city centre. Credit: Alan Meban.
A spoof poster in Belfast city centre. Credit: Alan Meban.

A series of spoof election posters have appeared around Belfast, setting social media on fire as people try to figure out who's behind them.

Local political blogger Alan Meban first drew attention to the posters on Twitter, by posting a series of photos.

The posters feature a stock photo of a man wearing a generic 'vote' rosette.

They include a number of different spoof slogans advertising candidates from the 'Sameold Sameold Party' including "Don't think. Just vote", "A vote for me, is a vote for me",  "Scared of them'uns? Vote for us'uns" and "Whatever happens, just keep voting for me".

Candidates names are replaced by "Chancer?", "Opportunist?", "Career politician" and "We made this mess".

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Speculation is rampant as to who could be behind the posters.

One Twitter user suggested that the posters could be a promotion for a "play or comedy show" saying that Belfast funnymen Shane Todd or Colin Geddis may be behind it.

It was also suggested that the group behind a series of billboards of Tweets poking fun at MP's statements on Brexit could be the authors.

Election posters have started going up all over Northern Ireland as parties prepare for the upcoming local government elections in May.

Mr Meban said that the posters encouraged the public to actually think about what they are voting for.

A spoof poster in Belfast city centre. Credit: Alan Meban.
A spoof poster in Belfast city centre. Credit: Alan Meban.

“As voters, we sometimes get sucked into the narratives of fear and difference voiced by politics candidates and parties," he said.

"These timely and humorous posters - clearly a rather well-executed act of agitprop - help us stand back and consider what we’re hearing and thinking.

"With elections coming up in May and the consequences of 2016’s EU Referendum rarely out of the news headlines, maybe the message of the posters is just cynical enough to cajole a few of us into voting by following our own intentions and aspirations rather than someone else’s stale dogma.”

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