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The government of Timor Leste has announced that it had decided to declare another non-working public holiday in Timor-Leste on Saturday, March 17, 2012, on the date of the upcoming presidential elections.
Earlier this week (2012-03-12), the government of Timor Leste had granted a day-off public sector holiday for Friday, March 16, 2012, all day, to give enough time to those who reside far from their place of work to travel there to vote on March 17.
At the time of that announcement, the Secretariat of State of the Council of Ministers of Timor Leste, had stated that this decision was based on law No.10/2005, which overhauled Timor Leste's public holidays (2005-08-12) and with Article 63 of the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste establishing the citizens' political participation.
However, the text of the law No.10/2005 does not specify that the dates of elections should be public holidays and, indeed, the date of the previous presidential election in Timor Leste was not a public holiday (2007-02-04).
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