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Political parties back moves to make December 7 public holiday

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All Political Parties have agreed to a proposal by the Electoral Commission (EC) to the Chief of Staff, and the Ministry of the Interior, to make Monday, December 7, 2020, a statutory holiday.

The consensus was arrived at, an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting.

The EC, which disclosed this in a statement yesterday explained that its proposal sought to “give Registered Voters the opportunity to devote the day to exercise their civic right and responsibility to vote during the upcoming Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.”

The election management body also revealed that “there was consensus by the Political Parties and the Commission, that registered voters should be encouraged to cast their ballots early on election day.”

The IPAC meeting was attended by representatives of all the political parties, Civil Society Organisation’s (CSOs), and development partners.

Voting will commence at 7AM and close at 5PM on December 7.

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