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Tour Association Calls for Curb on Political Campaigning.

Bali's Panoramic Views are Being Blocked by Campaign Posters, Banners and Flags.

(1/19/2009) The Bali Chapter of Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agents (ASITA) has called on the provincial government to control the posters, flags and billboards being used in the current political campaign that are polluting the horizon with little or no regard for their esthetic impact.

Al Purwa, Chairman of ASITA Bali,told beritabali.com the thousands of banners and billboard placed across the island reflect poorly on the legislative candidates concern for the natural beauty of Bali and its environment. Purwa explained: "How is it that one person can place thousands of photographs all over the place, what for? If someone wants to campaign let them do so by sharing their opinion on how to repair Bali, not by putting up pictures that are unfriendly to the environment."

According to Purwa, the uncontrolled display of campaign material is often a source of complaints by visiting tourists. In the past, the Regional Election Commission (KPUD) in cooperation with the Public Order Service (Servis Trantib) undertook the removal of campaign material in government administration areas. But, now, complained Purwa, the campaign material can even be found at local tourist attraction areas in Bali.