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The Election Commission of Bhutan has confirmed that Monday, December 31, 2007, would be a one-off public holiday, to facilitate participation in that day's National Council Elections.
The declaration of this one-off electoral public holiday is in line with the recently promulgated Bhutan Election Bill which enshrines the principle of declaring public holidays on the date of any future election to Parliament or Local Government (2007-09-01).
These elections will occur throughout Bhutan, except in the five dzongkhags, Thimphu, Haa, Gasa, Lhuentse and Trashi Yangtse, where the election has been postponed until January 2008.
In addition, note that the Indo-Bhutan border will be sealed for 36 hours, from 6 pm on December 30, to 6 am on January 1st.
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