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Joint select committee to resolve IEBC standoff

The government has announced that a joint senate and national assembly select committee will be formed to deliberate on the contentious Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) issue.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, through a televised address on Wednesday afternoon, said the Jubilee parliamentary group will meet on Thursday morning to discuss how it will participate in the joint parliamentary committee.

The president, who was flanked by his deputy William Ruto, said the government is always ready for dialogue.

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“Dialogue within the Constitution mandated guidelines is always welcome,” said President Uhuru.

Opposition coalition, Cord, last week released the names of its negotiating team for proposed talks on reforming the electoral commission.

Cord nominated two Senators and three Members of Parliament to the team expected to initiate talks on the impasse over the composition of the IEBC.

The team includes Siaya Senator James Orengo, Machakos Senator Johnston Muthama, Tongaren MP Eseli Simiyu, Mombasa County Women Representative Mishi Mboko and Junet Mohammed, Suna East MP.