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Constitution bulletin day 22
Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
July 21, 2010
A press conference
held at the COPAC offices today revealed that COPAC co-chairs will
be visiting Matebeleland South and North Province to investigate
the reasons behind the low participation in the provinces.
From the figures
provided by COPAC dated to the 10th of July, before the week long
break Matebeleland North had the lowest attendance of 6 205 followed
by Matebeleland South with 8 379, while other provinces are ranging
from 15000 to over 30 000. Mashonaland recorded the highest of 30495.
all the provinces, youth participation is still a matter of concern.
While youths constitute 70% of the country's population, their participation
is less than 50% of the total. COPAC Co-Chair honorable Paul Mangwana
has requested assistance from civil organizations through embarking
on civic education that encourages youth participation in the constitution
making process. Reasons for the low participation have not yet been
established, but some youths have requested COPAC to organize meetings
at institutions that most youths are found such as colleges and
has revealed that meetings are running smoothly no factual reports
of violence have been presented to them. Honorable Mangwana emphasized
that those who witness or experience any form of violence or disruption
should try all means possible to gather as many facts as possible
such as the exact location of the incident, time, date and if possible
names of people involved or affected.
has reported smooth running of the outreach program, some civic
educators present at the Press conference cited ignorance of observer
identity in some team leaders. They were chased away from a public
meeting because their observer cards did not have pictures. Honorable
Mangwana however promised to communicate the identity of observer
cards to all team members to avoid future disappointment.
made to COPAC at the meeting is the immediate setting up of a facility
where people give their views for the new constitution either by
word of mouth or in writing at any time of the day.
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