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Several Kadima Knesset members slammed the party's personnel on Wednesday and demanded not to allow it to conduct the party primary scheduled for March 27, for fear it would corrupt the vote.

MK Avi Dichter, one of Kadima's leadership contenders, said on Wednesday that an objective independent team must be formed to run the primaries with all the candidates' consent. "Under no circumstances must the team be set up by the party staff, as it was four years ago," he said.

"I demand Tzipi Livni run the primaries with an external team that is not influenced by any of the candidates," said MK Meir Sheetrit, another leadership contender.

MK Yulia Shamalov Berkovich also agreed.

"The primaries must be run by an objective body, with absolutely no political affiliation to any of the candidates, certainly not by the rotten party staff that exists today," she said.

MK Otniel Schneller said if the Kadima personnel conducts the primary "the election results will be known in advance."

In the previous primary, Livni's rival MK Shaul Mofaz claimed there had shenanigans when he lost.

But the MKs' lack of confidence in the party personnel is also based on the financial disorders the state comptroller found in the party's management.