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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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