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Madagascar 2013 Electoral Public Holidays Moved Again

Source: Filankevitry ny Governemanta (Mahazoarivo)
Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013


Madagascar's President of the Independent National Electoral Commission for the transition (Cénit), has announced that the dates for the first round of the upcoming presidential election in Madagascar had once more been pushed back to October 25, 2013.

A couple of months ago (2013-06-07), the dates for the first round of the presidential election had already been pushed back to August 23, 2013.

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.

Then, early this year (2013-02-10), Madagascar's President of the Independent National Electoral Commission for the transition (Cénit), 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.

In any case, 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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