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Strong winds knock down election campaign signs

By Muath Freij - Jan 06,2013 - Last updated at Jan 06,2013

AMMAN — During the past two days, the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) has removed 200 campaign posters and banners from the capital's streets after strong winds knocked them from their moorings, an official said on Sunday.

Bassem Tarawneh, GAM’s city deputy director for districts and environmental affairs, said the cold front that began affecting the capital Friday night had caused hundreds of campaign signs to fall down.

"The GAM teams began working on Mecca and Queen Rania streets. Until now [2:00pm Sunday], we have removed around 200 banners and posters," Tarawneh told The Jordan Times over the phone.

He noted that candidates can get their banners back from GAM and put them up again.

GAM teams are working around the clock to remove the fallen posters, he said, adding that more damage is expected if forecasts of snow on Wednesday prove true.

"Yesterday, the emergency level was medium and when it snows, the emergency level will be high," the GAM official noted.

Tarawneh called on candidates who see that their banners have fallen down to cooperate with GAM and remove them.

Last week, Tarawneh said that over 220 posters and banners had been removed from the capital’s streets for violating regulations.

GAM regulations governing campaigning in the capital prohibit candidates’ banners and posters from impeding traffic or obstructing pedestrians’ use of sidewalks.

In addition, posters must not alter the aesthetic views of buildings and may not include adhesive backing or built-in lighting.


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