IEBC chiefs approach an exit

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Th State House meeting of opposition leaders and the government appears to have sealed the fate of the beleaguered electoral body chiefs after formation of a team to jumpstart talks was formed.
Another pre-election deal like what former president Daniel Moi sealed with opposion in 1997 is in the offing if the agreement between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Cord leader Raila Odinga is anything to go by.
The team which will see each side of the political devide nominate five representatives will present their proposals on how to send Indepedent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chiefs led by Isaack Hassan packing.
According to sources familiar with the talks, Mr Odinga expressed concerns that parliment may not produce the required results and there was a need to have a fresh team that will work on a proposal to be presented to the augast House for action.
The team will draw its membership from parliament, however, to insulate itself from legal battles that could cripple its activities.
The deal sets now sets stage for a deal that will allow political parties to nominate representatives to form the electoral body like political parties did under the Inter-party Parliamentary Group (IPPG).
Under the IPPG deal, then ruling party Kanu nominated 11 out of the 22 commissioners, allowing the opposition to nominate the rest.
The team headed by tbe late Samuel Kivuitu conducted the 2002 elections that remain the most credible in the history of Kenya. However, the terms of the majority of them expired and were never renewed paving the way for then president Mwzi Kibaki to single handedly picked the new electoral chiefs in the run up to 2007 election.

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