Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has declared Monday, August 29th a national holiday in areas where elections are set to be held.
The CS said that the limited holiday would enable residents in those areas to exercise their democratic right.
These areas include Mombasa and Kakamega counties where the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will hold the gubernatorial elections.
“Employers around the country are requested to release their employees who are registered voters in the listed electoral areas to enable them to vote,” he furthered.CS Matiang’i
Other areas include Kitui Rural, Kacheliba, Pokot South, Rongai constituencies and Kwa Njenga Ward in Embakasi South, and Nyaki West Ward in Imenti North.
“In accordance with the Constitution of Kenya (Articles 101 (1), 177 (1) (a) and 180 (1) and the Public Holidays Act (Sections 2(4) and 3), Monday, August 29 2022 has been declared a public holiday in the listed electoral areas,” said Matiang’i.
“Employers around the country are requested to release their employees who are registered voters in the listed electoral areas to enable them to vote,” he furthered.
Matiangi’s declaration comes after three individuals moved to court to compel the government to declare August 29th a national holiday to allow the residents to vote.
The elections in the eight areas had been postponed by the IEBC on August 9 following a mishap in the printing of ballot papers.