Supreme Court has thrown out the appeal made by former Attorney General Husnu Al Suood to declare the Election Day as a public holiday.
The case submitted by Suood appealed Supreme Court to order the President to announce the day as a public holiday for the ease of the people. While previous elections were held on holidays, this year’s Election Day falls on a weekday.
Previous elections were mostly held on Saturdays, including the presidential election, parliament election, council election and related bi-elections. This is done to ensure that all eligible voters could take part in the vote without difficulty.
While this year’s presidential election’s first poll is slated for September 23, Elections Commission (EC) had not disclosed the reason for scheduling it on a weekday. However EC said they are carrying out discussions with relevant authorities to make it a public holiday.
Some political figures have stated that the reason behind this change was to lessen the number of voters.
Meanwhile political parties and the general public have been questioning EC’s recent actions regarding the elections.