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Signs unclear for candidates

There’s a lot of confusion surrounding election signs in Calgary, but the city’s bylaw boss is looking to clear things up.

Questions have emerged over where and when signs for candidates can be posted, and what size they can be, with rules changing after nomination day on Sept. 20.

Mayoral candidate Alnoor Kassam publicly brought attention to the issue, and many candidates have been Twittering back and forth on the topic.

Calgary bylaw director Bill Bruce wants to the record straight.

“There’s been some confusion and it’s not the candidates fault but there has been some misunderstandings we’re trying to get to the bottom of so we’re taking a soft approach,” Bruce said from Vancouver Thursday.

He added the department is in the process of contacting the candidates who have incorrectly placed signs up early.

Candidates like Jon Lord and Naheed Nenshi are frustrated by the lack of clarity, especially after spending hours trying to get the proper information.

Said Nenshi’s campaign manager Stephen Carter: “It’s really frustrating because I have done this for 10 years and it never gets clearer. It just gets more confusing.”

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