Baba For Raila: Politicians Might Use Their Nicknames in 2022 Ballot Papers

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Orange Democratic Movement Party leader Raila Odinga is among the politicians in the country who use nicknames with most people referring him as either 'Baba' or 'Tinga.'

Well, these nicknames might be included in the 2022 ballot papers if a 2019 motion sponsored by Ephraim Maina, Nyeri Senator is approved by the Senators.

According to a report by the Star, the motion has since been supported by the Senate's Justice and Legal Affairs Committee with its chairperson Okong’o Mongare expected to read the amended motion to the house for the third time.

Mongare claims that the restriction of candidates to include only official names in the ballot papers as a disadvantage to voters who took a lot of time going through the names of the contestants and thus inclusion of their popular names will ease up the lengthy voting process and ensure that voters are not 'confused' by unfamiliar names.

He further added that the politicians who want to use their nicknames will have to send application to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, IEBC three weeks before they submit their official names.

In addition to this, the lawmaker argued that the contestants should not be restricted on the manner in which they wish to present their names as long as they do not cause suspicion or the realization of their wished in such an election.

It should be remembered that there was a time when both Ferdinand Waititu who served as Kiambu's Governor and the current Nairobi County Governor Mike Mbuvi had to swear affidavits for their inclusion of the nicknames in the ballot papers as 'Babayao' and 'Sonko' respectively.

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