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The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has finally announced that Team Unity Leader and Prime Minister-Elect, Timothy Harris, had advised the Governor General, Sir Edmund W. Lawrence, to declare Wednesday, February 18, 2015, as an official non-working public holiday in St. Kitts and Nevis, "in commemoration of the People's victory".
Last month (2015-01-28), when the Office of the Prime Minister of in Saint Kitts and Nevis announced a snap election, and that the date of the upcoming Election Day in Saint Kitts and Nevis would be on Monday, February 16, 2015, we had surmised that the day after the upcoming Election Day in Saint Kitts and Nevis, Tuesday, February 17, 2015, might be declared as a one-off non-working public holiday in Saint Kitts and Nevis, based on what happened in the past, when the day following Election Day in Saint Kitts and Nevis was declared a one-off non-working public holiday (2013-01-22, 2011-07-12 and 2010-01-26).
Apparently the declaration of the day after the day after the elections is due to this year's tightly contested seats which meant that a winner could not be announced early enough on Monday to declare Tuesday, February 17, 2015, might be declared as a one-off non-working public holiday in Saint Kitts and Nevis.
In Caribbean countries it is common, but not systematic (2011-11-28), for the day after an election to be declared as a one-off non-working public holiday (2014-11-06, 2014-06-12, 2013-02-20, 2010-01-10, 2009-12-30, 2009-12-19, 2009-09-08, 2009-03-13, 2005-05-05, 2005-02-22, 2003-05-21, 2003-10-21, 2003-11-27, 2007-01-02, 2001-12-03 and 1997-05-23).
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