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Kibaki pledges to implement Kreigler report

NAIROBI, August 12 – President Mwai Kibaki pledged on Tuesday to immediately implement recommendations of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into last year’s General Election.

He said the Commission led by Judge Johann Kreigler of South Africa should complete their work on time.

"The Commission’s mandate is important in finding a permanent solution to the challenges facing Kenya’s electoral process, as experienced in the last general elections and other past elections," he emphasised.

President Kibaki spoke at his Harambee House Office after meeting with members of the commission, who paid him a courtesy call to give an update on the progress of their work.

The President also noted that the recommendations would be useful in the upcoming constitution review process.

The Commission, which was appointed on March 14, 2008, assured the President that they would complete their work on time.

The eight-member team, which was given six months to complete its work and present a report to the President, is expected to establish the underlying causes of the electoral challenges experienced during and after the December polls.

The Committee has so far held public hearings in all Provincial Headquarters – at least two locations in every province, received numerous written memoranda and held workshops on electoral systems, political parties, the Media and the Electoral Commission.

The Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs, Office of the President and United Nations Development Programme are providing the necessary support to the Commission.

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