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Zambian Electoral Public Holidays

Source: The Lusaka Times (Lusaka)
Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Zambia's technical committee drafting the new Zambian constitution has released a draft of the new constitution which specifies the dates of upcoming tripartite elections, and that these dates would be, as often requested, non-working public holidays in Zambia.

As per Article 82 of the aforementioned draft constitution, "a general election shall be held every five years on the last Thursday of September after the last general election" and "The day on which an election is held shall be a public holiday".

Based on the above and the date of the most recent tripartite elections, which was also declared a non-working public holiday (2011-09-15), the next tripartite elections, and associated non-working public holiday, would be held on Thursday, September 29, 2016.

Although election day is not currently an automatic public holiday in Zambia, the government of Zambia does often declare a one-off public holiday for many elections (2011-09-15 and 2008-08-26).

In addition, 2 years ago (2010-02-07), the executive director of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ), Reverend Pukuta Mwanza, had recommended to the parliamentary committee on legal affairs, governance, human rights and gender matters, that Election Day should be declared a public holiday in election years to maximize voter turnout.

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