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nedlacEngineering News reports that organised business, labour, community and government represented in the National Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) have urged all employers to support and allow their employees to vote in the upcoming general elections on 29 May.

Nedlac noted that that, while election day would be a public holiday, there would still be those who would be required to work, such as those in essential services and in the retail and agricultural sectors. Nedlac encouraged all employers to observe election day as a paid public holiday. The Council added that for those employers providing an essential service or needing to work on election day, they should provide adequate time for their staff to go to their voting stations. Nedlac also requested that where it might not be practically possible and where it was absolutely essential for workers to be at work or on the road, they should go to their nearest Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) office in their municipalities to register for a special vote. Registration for special votes closes on 3 May.

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