Political aspirants are fond of adopting nicknames for easy identification so as to endear themselves to the masses.
The foremost presidential Contenders in next year's general election William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga are fondly referred to as hurstler and baba respectively.
In a move aimed at enabling the aspirants reap from their brand names, the Senate has prepared a bill that will see leaders have their nicknames on the ballot.
The Senate amendment bill 2021 sponsored by Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina allows the IEBC to use candidates' nicknames on the ballot papers instead of the official names.
"The purpose of the bill is to amend the election act 24 of 2011 to allow a candidate to be presented to the electorate on party primary or election ballot papers in the way in which the candidate has chosen to familiarize himself to the electorate", reads the bill in part.
However, the nickname must be approved by the electoral commission (IEBC) before it's used on the ballot if Senate and National assembly adopts the bill.
Currently, anyone who wishes to have his or her popular name used on the ballot must go through the lengthy process of changing his Official name in the registrar of persons.
Defending the bill, Maina said that it will become easy for supporters to identify the nicknames of their leaders during voting day.
It now remaims to be seen whether the Senate will fast track the amendments so as to enable candidates use their favorite nicknames on the ballot next year.
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