Source:The Lusaka Times (Lusaka)
Posted: Friday, September 9, 2016 Updated: Sunday, October 27, 2019
The Zambian Government Secretary to the Cabinet, Roland Msiska, has announced that the Government of Zambia had declared Monday and Tuesday, September 12 and 13, 2016, as one-off non-working public holidays in Zambia on account of the upcoming inauguration ceremony of the President-elect and the Vice President-elect of Zambia.
Last month (2016-08-09), following an appeal, the preceding month (2016-07-18), to Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, to declare Wednesday-Friday, August 10-12, 2016, as constitutional public holidays in Zambia to ensure smooth tripartite elections, the Government of Zambia had declared a one-off non-working public holiday in Zambia on Thursday, August 11, 2016, "to facilitate the holding of the general elections and referendum".
The date of Zambia's preceding tripartite elections (2011-09-15 and 2011-07-28), had also been declared as a one-off non-working public holiday in Zambia as per the "Public Holidays (Declaration) notice 2015", published in the Zambia Government Gazette dated Monday, January 12, 2015.
Two and a half years before that (2012-05-01), Zambia's technical committee drafting the new Zambian constitution had released a draft of the new constitution which specified, 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" (in the final version of the approved constitution, this was amended to Article 56-1 which reads "a general election shall be held, every five years after the last general election, on the second Thursday of August").
Although election day was not always an automatic public holiday in Zambia, the government of Zambia often declared a one-off public holiday for many prior 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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