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Constitution bulletin day 49
Rights Association (ZimRights)
August 31, 2010
Voting for views
raised by participants during COPAC meetings is reported to be presenting
some challenges in Chegutu District, Masonaland West.
The crowd of 172 that
attended the meeting held at Takunda Primary School in Norton, under
Chegutu District on 23 August protested to for a view saying they
had not attended the meeting to vote but to air their views. Their
argument being if they vote now, what will be the purpose of a referendum,
and also that the process is intimidatory.
Low participation of
youths during meetings is still a major concern as the numbers are
not increasing in the areas where consultations are underway. This
has been attributed to lack of knowledge by the youth on the processes
that are being carrie3d out and how they will impact the future.
Consequently, there is need for civic education in those areas where
COPAC has not reached so tat more people can participate from an
During meetings, it has
been noted that people contribute mainly to the issues that political
parties are indoctrinating on such as presidential powers, acquisition
of land and the role of parliament. When it comes to other thematic
areas such as independent bodies which people have not been coached
to speak on, participation becomes low, or people resort to saying
it should remain like it is in the present constitution.
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