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Zambian Electoral Public Holidays August 12-13

Source: The Lusaka Times (Lusaka)
Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: August 20, 2021

The Zambian Secretary to Cabinet, Simon Miti, has announced that President Edgar Lungu had declared Thursday and Friday, August 12-13, 2021, as one-off public holidays in Zambia on account of the upcoming elections "to allow a smooth completion of the electoral process".

As per Secretary Miti's statement, "His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu has declared Friday, 13th August 2021, the day after the general elections as a public holiday. This, therefore, means that both Thursday, 12th August 2021 and Friday, 13th August 2021 shall be non-working days".

The dates of most recent general elections and referenda were also declared as one-off non-working public holidays in the Zambia (2018-07-20, 2016-09-09, 2016-08-09, 2016-07-18, 2016-01-04, 2015-10-19, 2015-01-13, 2015-01-07), and this was enshrined in Article 56 (2) of the Constitution (Amendment) No. 2 of 2016, which states that "a general election shall be held, every five years after the last general election, on the second Thursday of August" [sic] and that "The day on which an election is held shall be a public holiday" (2012-05-01).

Before that, although election day was not always an automatic public holiday in the Zambia, the government of the Zambia often declared a one-off public holiday on the date of many prior elections (2011-09-15, 2011-07-28, 2010-02-07, 2008-12-14, 2008-10-23, 2008-09-10, 2006-09-27 and 2008-08-26).

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