The Republican President Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu has signed a statutory instrument effecting the declaration of Thursday, July 26 2018, as a public holiday.
This is according to a press statement released to ZANIS news by the Secretary to the Cabinet Dr. Roland Msiska.
The President made the declaration in exercise of the powers contained in Section 3 of the Public Holidays Act.
The declaration is due to the Mayoral and Ward by-elections that will take place on the said date.
In view of the public holiday on July 26, government is urging all registered voters in the affected areas to exercise their constitutional right to vote by turning out in large numbers.
Government has further urged both public and private institutions that offer essential services to ensure that measures are put in place to avoid disruption in the operations as the country observes the public holiday.