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Zimbabwe Electoral Public Holiday Gazetted

Source: Government of Zimbabwe (Harare)
Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2018
Most recent follow-up news item: July 19, 2018

The Electoral Amendment Act was gazetted in a Zimbabwe Gazette Extraordinary, as Act No. 6 of 2018, which states that "The polling day or polling days fixed shall be deemed to be a public holiday or public holidays, as the case may be, for the purposes of the Public Holidays and Prohibition of Business Act [Chapter 10:21].".

Earlier this year (2018-05-13), Zimbabwe's President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was reported to be considering the declaration of a one-off public holiday in Zimbabwe on the occasion of the coming Presidential and Parliamentary elections, scheduled for July or August of 2018.

Election-related public holidays are relatively common in Zimbabwe (2013-08-21, 2013-07-25, 2013-07-22, 2013-07-08, 2013-03-14), initially based on Section 2 (2) of the "Public Holidays and Prohibition of Business Act (Chapter10:21)", which gave Zimbabwe's President the power to declare special one-off public holidays, and more recently based on Section IX-39-2 of the Statutory Instrument 85/2013 (Zimbabwe Electoral Act consolidated as at 22 June 2013).

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