Pulse’s president Johnluke Ellul condemns the alleged vandalism that may have taken place on SDM’s stand over the past weekend. Neil Smart Costantino, SDM’s president, while condemning the action, yesterday told Third Eye that while strong gale forces may have caused the stands to fall, wind does not draw moustaches.
When contacted by Insite Malta regarding the issue, Johnluke Ellul, Pulse’s president said; “As Pulse we condemn any kind of vandalism that could have taken place, irrespective whether the stand went down with the wind or not. In regards to the drawings, we find this unacceptable. Both organisations spend long hours and invest money in both the designs and setup and it is such a shame that such acts take place. As Pulse we always pledge for a mature campaign and we should set an example to the rest of the nation. I must also reiterate the fact that Pulse had nothing to do with such an issue and we are fully focused on our positive campaign. Any accusation, whether directly or indirectly linked to us in relation to such, are condemned and Pulse clearly dissociates itself from this foolish act.”
SDM’s president clarified, specifically regarding the marks drawn on Carla Galea’s face on the poster, that the organisation is not pointing fingers at anyone. Smart Costantino said “We are calling that everyone appreciates the efforts organisations make throughout the year to be able to organise such campaigns … Nonetheless, we look forward to a positive campaign, with a lot of events that bring people together, and great ideas.”
SDM’s stands were set up as part of their campaign for the upcoming KSU elections. The stands were not found in place yesterday, and a moustache was drawn the face of Carla Galea, SDM’s candidate for president of KSU’s. No banners were put up from Pulse’s side before the weekend.