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Kenyan Electoral Public Holiday March 4

Source: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi)
Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013


The head of Kenya's Public Service, Francis Kimemia, has announced that the Government of Kenya had finally declared Monday, March 4, 2013, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Kenya, on account of the upcoming Presidential and General Elections.

The aforementioned declaration of Monday, March 4, 2013, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Kenya ("It is Kenyans' democratic right to vote and that is why we have declared it a holiday to give them a chance to participate in the polls") is in line with the recently-revised (2012-06-08) Public Holidays Act, Section 2 (4), which declares that "the day in any year during which a general election is held following the dissolution of Parliament shall be a public holiday.".

Last year (2012-08-02), the Assumption of Office of The President Bill was tabled as a constitutional bill in Kenya's Parliament, confirming earlier announcements (2012-06-08) that an official non-working public holiday would be declared on the day the next President inauguration.

In the previous presidential election, a series of violence-related public holidays had been declared in Kenya (2008-01-03, 2007-12-30, and 2007-12-20).


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