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Uganda January 20 Electoral Public Holiday Ruled-Out

Source: Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda (Kampala)
Posted: Monday, January 18, 2021

Ugandan Electoral Commission acting spokesperson, Paul Bukenya, has confirmed that, contrary to the recent General Election, January 20, 2021, the date of the upcoming election of city mayors and district chairpersons, would not be declared a one-off public holiday in Uganda.

Recal that, late last year (2020-12-28), the government of Uganda declared Thursday, January 14, 2021, the date of the then upcoming General Election, as a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Uganda ("The general public is informed that Thursday 14th January 2021 will be observed as public holiday throughout Uganda’").

Then, last week (2021-01-13), The Minister of Public Service of Uganda, Catherine Birakwate, announced that the government of Uganda had decided to extend the January 14 electoral public holiday to also include the day after the election, namely Friday, January 15, 2021 ("The Hon Minister for Public Service informs the general public that Thursday 14th January and Friday 15th January 2021 will be observed as public holidays throughout Uganda to enable citizens to participate in the elections of the president and members of parliament.").

One-off, election-related public holidays are relatively common in Uganda (2018-07-05, 2016-05-09, 2016-02-23, 2016-02-10, 2011-05-09, 2011-03-11, 2011-03-07, 2011-02-21, and 2011-02-15).

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