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Kenyans to vote on March 4, 2013

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Kenyans will vote on March 4, 2013 in the first general elections under the new Constitution.The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) made the announcement on Saturday morning saying it had become apparent that President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga could not agree on an earlier date.IEBC Chairman Issack Hassan noted that the electoral team had made wide consultations on the touchy matter with several leaders including the two principals before settling on a March 2013 poll.“It has become clear to the commission that there is no agreement between the two principals as required by the court judgment. The commission is therefore compelled to fix an election date within 60 days from the expiry of the term of the 10th Parliament,” he said.Hassan who was accompanied by his commissioners as well as the Chief Electoral Officer James Oswago added that the commission saw it fit to remove any uncertainties over the next election date so as to facilitate electoral preparations as well as the enactment of the electoral laws.He noted that there was need to have a definite electoral date to give public officers intending to vie for the elective posts adequate time to resign from office...Click here