President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has declared election day, December 7, 2020 a statutory public holiday.
This follows a proposal by the Electoral Commission (EC) after a meeting with the Inter-party Advisory Committee (IPAC), where all political parties, civil society organizations and some international development partners agreed the day should be a holiday.
In a statement from the Presidency, signed by its Director of Communications, Eugene Arhin said the decision was to allow for a smooth conduction of the election and also enable all Ghanaians time and space to exercise their civic responsibility on election day.
The statement said the decision is in line with section 3 of the Public Holidays and Commemorative Act, 2001 (Act 601) that empowers the president to declare any other day a public holiday, instead of a particular day set aside as a public holiday.
On that account therefore, the president has cancelled the Farmers Day holiday, which was supposed to have been Friday, December 4, 2020.
Meanwhile, some banks in the country had already sent messages to their customers announcing that on December 7, they some branches will remain closed and even the ones which will operate, will close at 1pm instead of the usual 5pm.
But with this announcement, the banks will not even open at all.