Cleveland early voting centre closed after signage issue

INCIDENT: ECQ closed the Oodgeroo early voting centre briefly this afternoon after an incident involving signage.
INCIDENT: ECQ closed the Oodgeroo early voting centre briefly this afternoon after an incident involving signage.

THE Oodgeroo early voting centre was closed on Thursday afternoon after an issue involving signage near the pre-polling station.

A spokesman for the Electoral Commission Queensland said police had been called after a person was asked to remove signs near the centre at Cleveland Baptist Church on Bloomfield Street on Thursday afternoon.

It is believed the signs, installed on a trailer parked near the centre, were raising awareness of domestic violence and male suicide.

When asked about reasons for removal of the signs, the ECQ spokesman said there were clear rules around the location and size of election signs.

This included regulations around the display of material that could influence the results of an election.

But the owner of the signs said they mentioned no candidates or parties, therefore did not warrant removal.

He said the signs were intended to raise awareness of important men's issues and were not of a political nature.

The ECQ spokesman said police had been called and the early voting centre closed to ensure public safety for election staff and voters.

"Security will be present at the early voting for the remainder of the voting period."

A police spokesman said officers had been called due to concerns from staff and volunteers at the centre.

Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson, who was at the early voting centre at the time, said ECQ officials had taken precautionary action.