The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Karnataka, has declared a general holiday on April 17 in view of the Lok Sabha elections. The declaration comes under the Negotiable Instruments Act and the Representation of the People Act.

The holiday is applicable to all the Central and State government offices, Central and State government undertakings, government and private educational institutions (aided and unaided), industrial establishments and others.

The CEO also ordered all business, trade and industrial establishments to grant a paid holiday to their employees on that day, for both permanent and also those on daily wages, to enable them to exercise their franchise.

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