Ghana Electoral Public Holiday Moved To December 7
Source:Ghana News Agency (Accra)
Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Ghana's Director of Communications of the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, has signed and issued a statement announcing that the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, had issued an executive instrument declaring Monday, December 7, 2020, as a one-off electoral public holiday in Ghana ("to facilitate the conduct of the election in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, help ensure strict observance of COVID-19 safety protocols on election day, and enable registered voters exercise their franchise in safety and with minimal inconvenience").
The aforementioned declaration of Monday, December 7, 2020, as a one-off electoral public holiday in Ghana, was made based on the joint proposal of the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, and the Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC).
Under section 3 of the Public Holidays and Commemorative Days Act, 2001, (Act 601), the President has the power to declare any other day as a public holiday, instead of a day specified as a statutory public holiday.
Late last month (2020-11-27), Ghana's Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, had issued a press release announcing that Friday, December 4, 2020, would be a public holiday in Ghana, as this year's Farmers' Day was moved to Friday, November 6, 2020, as happens every election year, when Farmers' Day is moved to the first Friday of November, while the associated public holiday of Ghana remains on the first Friday of December (2012-11-29, 2012-10-29, 2008-11-06, 2004-11-26, 2004-10-25 and 2000-10-27), instead of Farmers' Day its related public holiday being observed jointly on the first Friday of December (2020-11-02).
The initially announced observance of a public holiday on Friday, December 4, 2020, was in line with the list of 2020 public holidays in Ghana, as announced in the "Statutory Public Holidays And Commemorative Days In The Republic Of Ghana For The Year 2020", released earlier this year (2020-01-05).
However, today's statement by the Director of Communications of the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, goes on to state that "with Farmers Day having been celebrated on Friday 6th November 2020, the President is satisfied that it will be inexpedient for Friday 4th December 2020 which is a statutory public holiday, to be observed as a public holiday. As such, Friday, 4th December 2020, will not be observed as a holiday.".
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