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  • Constitution bulletin day 62
    Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
    September 12, 2010

    Low participation has been reported in Tsholotsho, Matableland North.

    One of the smallest crowds had 26 people, with no youth participant. Participants at the meeting said that they had only heard about the meeting the previous day in the evening. Other reasons noted for low turnout in some areas were bad mobilisation and ignorance of the importance of the process. The forerunners to COPAC outreach teams could not inform many people of the constitution meeting because they did not have hailers, so the few people who came across them managed to access the details of the meetings.

    Some thematic areas are being left unanswered as a result of failure by people to comprehend them. People who do not understand who the Attorney General is and the function of the post as well as what warms of the state are, among other areas. When asked how many provinces people would want one participant said three; which he noted as Mashonaland, Matabeleland and Nyasaland.

    Meanwhile, Matabeleland North has the second lowest turnout according to the COPAC report released yesterday for meetings held as at 6 September. Out of a total of 648,042 participants nation wide, the province had a total of 33,050.

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