This is because the government in a statement has said that Ghanaians will not observe Friday, December 4, 2020, as a statutory holiday for this year’s Farmers’ Day celebration.
The government has declared the Election Day, Monday, December 7, 2020, as a public holiday.
A statement from the Presidency explained that since the annual Farmers Day was celebrated on Friday, November 6, 2020 “it will be inexpedient for Friday, December 4, 2020, which is a statutory public holiday to be observed as a public holiday.”
“As such, Friday, 4th December 2020, will not be observed as a holiday”, the statement added.
The statement further indicated that Monday has been declared a public holiday to “facilitate the conduct of the election in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, to help ensure strict observance of COVID-19 safety protocols on election day, and enable registered voters to exercise their franchise in safety and with minimal inconvenience.”
The decision was taken after Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Mensa submitted a proposal to the President to declare the Election Day a public holiday.
She was supported by the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC).
In a statement the EC said its proposal was to allow for all registered voters to devote the day to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming general elections.
Read the full statement from the presidency below