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Referendum likely in April
in Zimbabwe Coalition (SA Regional Office)
January 18, 2013
government managed to resolve
all sticky issues that had stopped the constitution making process
paving way for the finalization of the draft constitution. We will
furnish you with the revised document once it's ready. This
means Zimbabwe is now geared toward a referendum where citizens
will have an opportunity to exercise their democratic right.
If the process
is to follow the Global
Political Agreement (GPA) and the Referendums Act, Zimbabwe
is likely to have a referendum in April this year. On paper the
next steps should be as follows:
1) The draft
Constitution should be presented to Parliament
and Parliament should conclude the debate within one month (Read
2) The draft
Constitution emerging from Parliament should be gazetted and there
should be one month (Read March) to allow campaigns for either a
Yes or No vote before the holding of a referendum.
In the preceding week
we met senior government officials in the inclusive government across
political parties to re-emphasise the need for key democratic reforms
before the general election to pave way for a democratic transition.
This is out of our realisation that the transitional process unfolding
in Zimbabwe is one of transplacement where actors in government
remain key stakeholders.
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