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over transparency of the COPAC constitution drafting process
Election Support Network (ZESN), Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights
(ZLHR), Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) Independent Constitution Monitoring
After a press
conference with the Select Committee on the 18th of August 2011,
The Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP), Zimbabwe Election Support Network
(ZESN) and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) Independent
Constitution Monitoring Project (ZZZICOMP) is worried by the lack
of transparency that shrouds the drafting process. This came out
during the press briefing meeting that revealed that civic society
will not be allowed to observe the drafting stage of the constitution
It is worrying that COPAC will not avail the outreach process reports
to civic society or public which will make it difficult for organisations
like ZZZICOMP to compare ultimate product and benchmark it with
the views in the national report.
ZZZICOMP has been monitoring and will continue to monitor the COPAC
process in order to adjudge how democratic and transparent the constitution-making
process is, and if it accurately reflects the input of broad and
diverse popular participation.
ZZZICOMP reiterates that as a non-partisan, independent and professional
organisation whose main functions are to promote peace, democratic
elections and to foster a culture of human rights and constitutionalism
in Zimbabwe and other likeminded groups should be allowed to access
outreach reports and to continue monitoring the whole process to
the end if COPAC is sincere about transparency.
ZZZICOMP appeals to COPAC to increase confidence-building measures
in the process and to be reminded that the process is not a political
process but a process for citizens of Zimbabwe. We insist on greater
transparency and continue to pressure for the availability of information,
monitoring of the drafting stage and other subsequent events leading
to the referendum.
We urge COPAC to select qualified and capable people who will support
the drafting team which will commence soon. We believe the drafting
team is comprised of people of integrity who understand the concepts
of the process and who will capture them accurately.
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