The Chief Returning Officer is a very busy person but Rikki’s question was of utmost importance. It took 27 minutes for Rikki to get an answer. One of the minions replied:
Dear Mr. Rikki (the mongoose) Tikki-Tavi:
Under the (legislation) a candidate has the right to have their name appear on the ballot in the prescribed manner, which includes the form in which they are known in the community, which also includes what would be considered nicknames, if the candidate declares that and there is someone that can attest to the fact that they are in fact known by that nickname.
There (sic) legal name must also appear on the ballot. The Returning Officer has no authority to reject such a submission, only a judge could potentially rule on the matter. Which means that in the event you are challenged in court, you will need to ensure that you have someone that will swear before a judge that your newly acquired nickname is in fact a name that you are known by in the community, without perjuring themselves.
Rikki took note of the very important information here:
Which means that in the event you are challenged in court, you will need to ensure that you have someone that will swear before a judge that your newly acquired nickname is in fact a name that you are known by in the community, without perjuring themselves.
This is very good noose (sic)! All Rikki has to do for the next four years is to go around introducing himself as Rikki (the mongoose) Tikki-Tavi. He needs to make sure that he is seen and heard using this name in the community. No doubt you will see numerous posts on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, etc., so that Rikki (the mongoose) Tikki-Tavi’s name can become known. Rikki’s campaign manager will be in charge of spreading the word, and serving as a witness who will not commit perjury when challenged in court by any (exceedingly petty and jealous) concerned citizens. Rikki will take over the world on Youtube, Facebook and Twitter, and follow others who are trying to do the same. He’s even got a few campaign slogans in the works. In today’s fast-paced world, four years is forever. Rikki’s name won’t even be considered “newly acquired” by the time he builds his dossier of selfies, self-quotes, websites, etc. Rikki is even considering twerking for attention, which is a difficult thing for a mongoose to do (well).