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Kenya Extends Electoral Public Holidays

Source: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi)
Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2017


The government of Kenya has extended the public holidays on account of the upcoming general elections, by also declaring Wednesday, October 25, 2017, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Kenya ("In exercise of powers conferred by section 3 of the Public Holidays Act, declares that Wednesday, the 25th October, 2017 be a public holiday to accord Kenyans the opportunity to participate in the Fresh Presidential Election").

Today's announcement, contained in a gazette notice signed by acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, follows on the heels of last week's announcement by acting Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang'i (2017-10-19), that Thursday, October 26, 2017, had been gazetted as a non-working public holiday in Kenya, "to allow Kenyans to vote in the repeat presidential election".

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, the date of the initial general elections had been declared a public holiday in Kenya (2017-08-01), as was Monday, March 4, 2013, the date of the previous general elections in Kenya (2013-02-26), and we expected October 17 to be similarly declared a one-off non-working public holiday in Kenya (2017-09-04), until the recent change of date to Thursday, October 26, 2017.

Note that the Assumption of Office of The President Bill constitutional bill (2012-08-02), mandates that an official non-working public holiday be declared in Kenya on the day of a presidential inauguration (2013-02-03 and 2012-06-08).


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