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Namibia Election Day Public Holiday November 28

Source: The Namibian (Windhoek)
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014
Most recent follow-up news item: November 20, 2020

The Electoral Commission of Namibia has announced that, this time, Friday, November 28, 2014, the date of the upcoming Presidential and National Assembly elections had been declared and gazetted as a one off non-working public holiday in Namibia.

Namibia's President is allowed to declare any date as a one-off public holiday, as per Article 32 (5)(a) of the Namibian Constitution, and as such there are always rumours (2009-09-12) that election day will be declared a one-off public holiday.

On the occasion of the previous elections (2009-11-13), Namibia's Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana, had announced that the Government Cabinet had decided that there was no need to declare Friday, November 27, 2009, the date of the upcoming presidential and general elections, a public holiday.

In the end, though, because some schools will be used for voting, Namibia's then spokesperson for the Ministry of Information, Wilma Deetlefs, did announce that Education Permanent Secretary, Vitalis Ankama, had sent out a circular to all schools informing the students and teachers that all schools will be closed for 3 days, from Wednesday, November 25, until Friday, November 27, 2009, inclusively.

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