Politicians will be allowed to use their nicknames during the 2022 elections if the elections (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that seeks to allow politicians to use their nicknames on ballot papers goes through.
According to the bill that will be debated on at the senate, politicians will be allowed to have their nick names in the ballot for easy identification by the electorate.
This could see former prime minister Raila Odinga who is expected to vie for the presidency use his nickname Tinga or Baba, Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi will be able to use the name Sonko.
Mombasa governor Hassan Joho may use his nickname Sultan, while deputy president William Ruto could use his favorite tag, Hustler.
Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina who sponsored the bill said the bill will make is easy for the voters to identify their preferred candidates.
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“The ultimate goal of an election is to ensure that the electorate choose their preferred leaders in a free and fair environment,” he told the Star.
He added that it will ensure free and fair elections.
“Name recognition thus becomes an important aspect of a free and fair election and should be enabled to the fullest extent. It ensures that a voter easily identifies his or her preferred candidate on a ballot and, therefore, votes in the way he or she intended,” he added.
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