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The Philippines House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill that would make the Tuesday immediately after election day an additional non-working electoral public holiday in the Philippines.
Last year (2013-04-23), Presidential Proclamation 571, declared Monday, May 13, 2013, the date of that year's national mid-term elections, as an additional special public non-working holiday throughout the Philippines. Similar electoral public holidays had been declared on the occasion of the previous mid-term and term elections (2010-03-18, 2007-04-25 and 2004-05-06).
According to Fredenil Castro, the chairman of the House suffrage and electoral reforms committee of the Philippines House of Representatives, the aim of this bill is to increase voter turnout by encouraging those who are registered in far-flung provinces to return to their hometown and vote.
The next Presidential election in the Philippines is in 2016.
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