Source:The Namibian (Windhoek)
Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 Updated: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Namibian Presidency spokesperson, Albertus Auchamub, has announced that, despite announcements to the contrary, President, Hage Geingob, had indeed declared Friday, November 27, 2015, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Namibia, on account of the local and regional authority elections being held in Namibia on that date.
The aforementioned announcement ("Under the powers vested in me by section 1 (3) of the Public Holidays Act, 1990 (Act no. 26 of 1990), I hereby declare November 27 as a public holiday") came a couple of hours after the Namibian Electoral Commission of Namibia announced that there would be no public holiday on Friday, November 27, 2015, also confirmed by Namibia's Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya, who explained that "People must just go and vote and go back to produce. It will only take five minutes, [...] with electronic voting, the long voting process is something of the past".
The Director of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN), Paul Isaak, had noted, in a separate statement, that the Electoral Act only makes provision for the presidential and parliamentary elections to be declared a public holiday.
In past elections, the decision to declare, or not, the date of an election in Namiobia as a one-off non-working public holiday in Namibia, has always been confused until the last minute (2014-10-17, 2009-11-13, 2009-10-21, and 2009-09-12).
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