Source: Government of Zimbabwe (Harare)
The government of Zimbabwe has declared Monday, July 30, 2018, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Zimbabwe on account of the upcoming elections "to enable the electorate to vote without hassles from work-related commitments".
Earlier this year (13-May-2018), we reported that Zimbabwe's President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was 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.
In the meantime, the enactment, in late May 2018 (31-May-2018), of the Electoral Amendment Act (Zimbabwe Gazette Extraordinary, 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].", made today's declaration an almost foregone conclusion..
Prior to the Electoral Amendment Act of 2018, election-related public holidays had already been relatively common in Zimbabwe (21-Aug-2013, 25-Jul-2013, 22-Jul-2013, 08-Jul-2013, 14-Mar-2013), 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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