In accordance with Section 17 of the Presidential Elections Act, Polling Day, Saturday 27 August 2011, is a public holiday.

The Ministry would like to highlight to employers that Polling Day, as a public holiday, should be treated in the same manner as any other public holiday. All employees covered by the Employment Act are entitled to paid public holidays. If an employee is required to work on Polling Day, he is entitled to an extra day’s salary for the day’s work, or be given a day off.

Employees not required to work on that day are also entitled to one day off-in-lieu, or be given one day’s pay, similar to other public holidays falling on a Saturday.

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