GOVERNMENT has warned of stern action against employers who will deny their workers the right to vote in Tuesday’s presidential election.
Chief Government spokesperson Joseph Katema said in a statement last night that some mining companies have reportedly decided not to provide time for their workers to vote in the election.
Dr Katema said Government has received information that some mining conglomerates have told their workers to report for work on election day and that they will not be given time to go and vote.
The election day has been declared a public holiday.
“This is a serious breach of the supreme law of the land. Government will not allow any employer – private or public – to deny workers the right and duty to vote. Any breach will not go unpunished,” he said.
Dr Katema, who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said workers should exercise their right to vote and should not be intimidated.
“I urge them to defy any employer who tries to deny them their right to vote. They have the protection of the government,” he said.
Dr Katema said acting President Guy Scott declared the day a public holiday to ensure that workers have the time to vote.
He said that employers of essential workers, who will be on duty that day, should also provide time for the staff to vote.