President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has proclaimed Monday, December 7, as a public holiday via an Executive Instrument (EI).
He also revoked the general holiday to be marked as Friday, December 4.
A statement released on Wednesday 2 December by the Director of Communications of the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, clarified that President Akufo-decision Addo’s was to “facilitate the conduct of elections in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, help ensure strict compliance on election day with the Covid-19 safety protocols, and allow registered voters to exercise their franchise in terms of security and with respect to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Earlier on Wednesday, the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) decided with all political parties to recommend to the Presidency, through the Chief of Staff and the Ministry of the Interior, that the election day, Monday 7 December, should be declared a public holiday.
“The statement confirmed: “This decision was taken following the submission to the President by the President of the Electoral Commission, Mrs. Jean Mensa, of a resolution endorsed by the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) for a public holiday to be proclaimed on Monday 7 December to allow the franchise to be practiced safely in the light of the pandemic.
Incidentally, it was to be observed as Farmers Day on Friday, December 4.
But President Akufo-Addo states that it would be inexpedient to have a formal holiday because the festivities have already been marked on Friday, November 6.
The President has the right to designate every other day as a national holiday under section 3 of the Public Holidays and Commemorative Days Act, 2001 (Act 601), instead of a day designated as a formal public holiday.’
Therefore with Farmers’ Day being observed on Friday, November 6, 2020, the President is confident that Friday, December 4, 2020, which is a formal national holiday, would be unacceptable to be celebrated as a public holiday.