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Mystery solved - group behind Belfast's spoof election posters comes forward

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

The mystery that had everyone guessing this week has been solved, with the creators of Belfast's fake election posters finally coming forward.

The team behind the Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics have revealed that they were the ones behind the satirical posters.

They came clean on Twitter after the posters caused a stir on social media this week when they appeared all over Belfast, with everyone guessing who was behind the stunt.

The team behind the festival said that they produced the posters to spark debate around why we vote ahead of the local government elections in May.

"Well the mystery is finally over. These cheeky posters that you may have seen in Belfast city centre are our attempt to get people thinking about representative democracy and why we vote!," the group wrote on their Facebook page.

"There was quite a buzz on social media about this and we're pleased we were able to provoke a wide ranging debate on voting intentions and the state of democracy here.

"No public or sponsorship funds were used in this campaign and it only cost £300."

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".

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

The Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics is running until March 31.

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