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Team to vet election manager cleared

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Kenya recorded progress on the road to the General Election and marked another milestone in implementation of the new Constitution when a key House committee cleared the team to vet new election managers.

The members of the new team were vetted and approved on Tuesday. To cap the pleasant leap, Parliament will begin debate on these names and very likely approve the first selection panel made up of four women and three men tomorrow afternoon.

The process was fast tracked to ensure the Friday deadline for the setting up of the team is met, in line with the revised July 18 effective date of the Independent Election and Boundaries Commission Bill.

Parliament and the Executive have up to August 1 to have the panel constituted and formally appointed to begin constituting Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which will succeed Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC). This will bury the ghosts of the defunct Electoral Commission of Kenya.

The new team of seven, which now awaits parliamentary approval, bears the historic burden of picking a team that would help restore the credibility, hope, and faith in elections, which went on fire in 2007, driving the country to the precipice.