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Madagascar's President of the Independent National Electoral Commission for the transition (Cénit), has announced that the dates for the first and second rounds of the upcoming presidential election in Madagascar, dates which had been expected to be declared one-off public holidays, had been pushed back to July 24 and September 25, 2013, respectively.
Last summer (2012-08-02), and after some misfires (2012-06-08), Madagascar's President of the Independent National Electoral Commission for the transition (Cénit), Beatrice Atallah, finally (2012-07-19) released the electoral calendar for the 2013 presidential and local elections.
As was the case then, we expect the date of these elections to be declared a one-off public holidays as every year's "Décret fixant la liste des jours fériés au titre de l'année..." (2013-01-30, 2012-01-18, 2011-01-15, and 2010-01-20) have always clearly stipulated that the dates of elections shall also be public holidays ("sont déclarées également fériées, chômées et payées les journées auxquelles se tiendront des élections"), as was the case for the last postponed elections (2011-01-10 and 2010-12-20), as well as the date of the recent referendum on the new constitution (2010-11-18) and the date of the promulgation of the new constitution (2010-12-10).
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