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The President of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernández, has signed Executive Decree 264-10, which declares as non-working public holidays (días no laborables) the dates of May 15, 16, and 17, 2010, on account of the upcoming legislative elections.
Note that the public holiday on Monday, May 17, 2010, will be only in the morning, until noontime (declaró no laborables los días sábado 15, domingo 16 y lunes 17 hasta el mediodía) to allow people time to return from their hometowns where, by law, they had to go if they wished to vote. In the past (2008-05-14), it was sometimes the day before the election that was declared a public holiday.
The aforementioned declaration of 3 public holidays was made despite last year's measure (2009-05-22) by the Dominican Republic legislature which was supposed to effectively cancel the Election Day public holidays by stipulating that election day should always be a Sunday (which is the case, this year).
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