Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Is May 13, 2013 (Election Day) a holiday?

The second Monday of May 2013 is the day Filipinos exercise their right to vote for the 2013 midterm elections.

The date is mandated in the Constitution and to be held every second Monday of May.

On Wednesday, President Benigno Aquino III declared May 13 as a special public non-working holiday.

"The Constitution designates national and local polls to be held on the second Monday of May and by virtue of Proclamation No. 571, s. 2013, the President wishes to enable the Filipino people to exercise their right to suffrage," said Malacañang in a statement.

"We enjoin all eligible to use this non-working holiday to participate in the electoral process that forms the bedrock of our democracy," it added.

Around 52 million Filipinos are eligible to vote this upcoming senatorial and local elections.

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