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Liberal candidates delete election day tweets

Election rules against advertising today have raised a flurry of protestations in the B.C. political Twittersphere.

On general voting day candidates are not allowed to post tweets promoting their own campaigns or parties or opposing those of their competition, according to provincial election laws.

Such missives from the accounts of Suzanne Anton, Liberal candidate in Vancouver-Fraservew and Darryl Plecas, Liberal candidate in Abbotsford South were immediately seized upon by fellow tweeters pointing out these rules. The tweets were later deleted.

Harold Munro, editor-in-chief of the Vancouver Sun, later posted this:

Elections BC communications manager Don Main told The Tyee that staff "haven't necessarily" been busier responding to these types of voting day campaigning complaints since the rise of Twitter, adding "it's just something we are here to do."

In related news, the BC Conservatives were told today by Elections BC to stop robocalling Langley residents.

Colleen Kimmett reports for The Tyee.

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