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Zambian Public Holiday January 20 Officialized

Source: The Lusaka Times (Lusaka)
Posted: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Updated: Sunday, October 27, 2019

The acting President of Zambia, Guy Scott, has officially confirmed last week's informal announcement that once again a one-off public holiday would be declared on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, on the occasion of the upcoming Zambian presidential election.

Last week's announcement (2015-01-07), the "Public Holidays (Declaration) notice 2015", published in the Zambia Government Gazette dated Monday, January 12, 2015, was made in the context in which, two and a half years ago (2012-05-01), Zambia's technical committee drafting the new Zambian constitution has released a draft of the new constitution which specifies, in its Article 82, that "a general election shall be held every five years on the last Thursday of September after the last general election" and that "The day on which an election is held shall be a public holiday".

Although election day is not currently an automatic public holiday in Zambia, the government of Zambia does often declare a one-off public holiday for many elections (2011-09-15 and 2008-08-26). In particular, six years ago (2008-10-23), the government of Zambia had declared a one-off public holiday on Thursday, October 30, 2008, on the occasion of the upcoming presidential election to replace former President Levy Mwanawasa, who died the previous summer.

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