A CASE of suspected political sabotage has struck the Charlestown byelection, with an independent candidate suffering four attacks on his car.
Arjay Martin, of Dudley, said two wing-mirrors on his car had been broken in separate incidents, someone kicked and dented his car and it was egged.
‘‘I think they’re scumbags,’’ Mr Martin said of the perpetrators, adding he had reported the incidents to police.
‘‘Every election time these things happen.’’
This is the third time Mr Martin has run in an election.
During past campaigns, he suffered two slashed car tyres, a scratched car, two nails in tyres, a full garbage bin and two number plates stolen, a cracked car windscreen and about a dozen car eggings.
He said the attacks had cost him about $1500.
Political operators know where he lives, he said.
‘‘It is a terrible thing that independent candidates are forced to publish their address on electoral material once the writs have been issued.’’
Mr Martin said he was told post-office box numbers could not be used.
A NSW Electoral Commission spokesman said post-office box numbers would be accepted to protect privacy.
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