Promotional posters for Dubbo Regional Council south ward candidate Shibli Chowdhury have gone missing, in what he has labelled as an "immature" act by people showing a lack of respect.
He said up to five corflutes have been taken from private households in South Dubbo since he announced his candidacy, the most recent went missing from Magnolia Estate over the weekend.
"I'd put one at a friend's place in Magnolia, it stayed there for a couple of days then I noticed it missing when I drove past while I was doing a letterbox drop," he told the Daily Liberal.
"I thought maybe the wind blew it away, so my friends and I went looking for it, we couldn't find any sign of it."
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Mr Chowdhury said the fact that a number has now gone missing from different areas lead him to believe someone or several people were doing it deliberately.
The first two disappeared from different addresses in Southlakes Estate on different dates, and another one went missing from Keswick Estate before the Magnolia Estate poster disappeared.
"They've gone missing from different places, I think this is an immature attitude," he said.
"As an independent it's hard, because everything is spent within the tight budget we have for this election and any loss will cost us.
"I can't afford to re-print more."
Mr Chowdhury had 50 of the corflutes printed at a cost of almost $800.
"This is my first time running (in a local government election). I've had a big welcome from the community and Dubbo has given me a lot, and I'm trying to give back to this community.
"We are genuinely trying to help people and when this sort of silly thing happens it costs financially but also makes you feel bad."
Mr Chowdhury came to Dubbo from Bangladesh, via Sydney.
He is involved in the Dubbo Multicultural Group, the Rotary Club of Dubbo Macquarie, RDA Orana's migration settlement committee, Clean Up Australia Day and the Dubbo Health Council.
"My wife and I have raised our family here and sent our kids to school here," he said. "We love this community and I've always believed that if you think you can make a difference, you should have a crack."
He said he believed the corflutes were stolen, and that it "shows a lack of respect and maturity of some people involved in the election".
"I don't know who you are, but I request you put them back in the right place.
"For some reason people obviously see me as a threat to their ambitions, which is disappointing. Hopefully the voters will see through that, even if they can't see a few of my corflutes around town."
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