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Kenya appears to be headed for a December General Election after electoral commissioners said they would petition President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to dissolve the coalition government in October.Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Isaack Hassan said the letter would be with the President and PM on Friday morning.He spoke after handing over to a committee of MPs a report on proposed new boundaries for constituencies and county assembly wards at County Hall, Nairobi, on Thursday.Though the electoral commission has the mandate of setting the election date, the trigger this time round will be when President Kibaki and Mr Odinga dissolve the government.That will set in motion a 60-day timetable by which a General Election should be held for the country to have a new Parliament, Senate and county governments.Speaking to journalists outside County Hall just moments after handing over the report of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission on the delimitation of boundaries to a House Committee, Mr Hassan asked the two leaders to declare when they will dissolve the coalition government to pave the way for the General Election.The two, he said, should not treat the date as if it were a secret.Click here