The Star (Nairobi)

26 February 2013

Kenya: Former ECK Chairman Samuel Kivuitu Is Dead

Former ECK Chairman Samuel Kivuitu, 74, is dead. Kivuitu died last night at the MP Shah hospital in Nairobi. Kivuitu succumbed to his long battle with cancer.

Samuel Kivuitu was head of the now defunct Electoral Commission of Kenya. He was reappointed to his post by the Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki ahead of the 2007 general election, having already been in charge during Kenya's general elections in 1997, 2002 as well as a constitutional referendum in 2005.

Kivuitu will be remebered for his role in the bungled 2007 elections, he was accused of being partisan, an accusation that eroded the confidence Kenyans had on the ECK. Even though he declared Mwai Kibaki the winner of the 2007 elections Kivuitu famoulsy said he did not know who won the elections.

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