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Namibia Declares November 25 Electoral Public Holiday

Source: The Namibian (Windhoek)
Posted: Friday, November 20, 2020


Namibian President, Hage Geingob, has declared Wednesday, November 25, 2020, the date of the upcoming regional council and local authority elections in Namibia, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Namibia ("Under the powers vested in the President by section 1(3) of the Public Holidays Act, 1990 (Act No. 26 of 1990, the President of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellency Dr. Hage G. Geingob has declared 25 November 2020 as a public holiday for the purposes of the general election of members of regional councils and of members of local authority councils under the Electoral Act, 2014 (Act No 5 of 2014)").

Earlier this week (2020-11-18), the chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN), Notemba Tjipueja, announced that the ECN had not recommended that Wednesday, November 25, 2020, the date of the upcoming regional council and local authority elections, be declared as a one-off electoral public holiday in Namibia, "because the commission did not feel there was a need to do so" and going on to state that "during elections in the past, a Friday was declared a public holiday and people just took it as a long weekend and just decided to travel instead of voting".

The next day (2020-11-19), Chairperson Tjipueja refuted reports that her previous statement meant that Wednesday, November 25, 2020, would not be a public holiday ("the ECN is not empowered by the Electoral Act to make such a decision, and only President Hage Geingob has such powers").

All the above chaos could have been avoided, had President Geingob's declaration of Wednesday, November 25, 2020, been announced when it was drafted, last Wednesday, instead of being announced only today by Presdiential Press Secretary, Alfredo Tjiurimo Hengari.

Over the years, the decision to declare, or not, the date of an election in Namibia as a one-off non-working public holiday in Namibia, has always been confused until the last minute (2019-11-13, 2014-10-17, 2009-11-13, 2009-10-21, and 2009-09-12), most particularly, five years ago (2015-11-24).

The aforementioned declaration of Wednesday, November 25, 2020, as a one-off electoral public holiday in Namibia, is in addition to the official list of 2020 public holidays in Namibia, as announced, late last year, by the Namibian Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (2019-11-23).



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