Include candidate’s photo on ballot – cleric tells INEC
Catholic Priest, Fr. Kelvin Ugwu has called on Nigeria’s electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to include photos of candidates on ballot papers ahead of next year’s presidential election.
The cleric said it is important to have photos of the candidates on the ballot so that voters know exactly who they are voting for, since it is the candidate who governs, not the party.
He wrote, “Dear INEC Nigeria, Our ballot should be like this because in the truest sense of the word, it is actually the individual with his vice that we are voting for.
“All elections held in Nigeria in the past, the ballot paper only bore party logos. But it is not the party we vote for that leads us after the election but the individual.
“Almost all countries in Africa have both the face, the name of the candidate, their running mate and the party logo on their ballot papers. Please do this for Nigerians.
The system currently used in the country only features party logos, making it difficult for voters to know who they are voting for. This practice also gives the impression that the party is more important than the candidate.
While the change, if implemented, is a welcome development, however, the electoral body is unlikely to plan to implement the proposal less than a year before the next election.