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for senate gazetted
July 16, 2005
has gazetted the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (Number 17) Bill,
which seeks to provide for reconstituting Parliament as a bicameral legislature
consisting of a House of Assembly of 150 members and a Senate of 66 members.
According to a notice in an extraordinary Government Gazette released
yesterday, the amendment also seeks to confirm the acquisition of land
for resettlement purposes, which took place during the Land Reform Programme
which began in 2000, and for future acquisition of land for resettlement
It also seeks to make provision for the Constitution to mention the establishment
and functions of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and abolish the Electoral
Clauses 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 21 and First Schedule
of the Amendment makes consequential amendments to the Constitution that
are required by the reconstitution of Parliament as a bicameral legislature
consisting of a Senate and a House of Assembly.
These include procedures for passing votes of no confidence in Government,
which will require votes of not less than two thirds of all members of
each House, definition of Parliament, composition of the Senate and election
of President of Senate.
Others include the tenure of office of Speaker and Deputy Speaker, tenure
of members, remuneration of President of Senate and Speaker, President’s
powers to address and attend Parliament and quorum.
Clause 10 redefines the procedure of the Parliamentary Legal Committee
in a bicameral legislature and in terms of the new section, the Committee
will make its report on a Bill to the House in which the Bill originates.
Specific mention of the establishment and functions of the Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission is provided in clause 17, which seeks to abolish the Electoral
Supervisory Commission constituted in terms of section 61 of the Constitution.
The ZEC is already in existence by virtue of the ZEC Act, which was passed
early this year ahead of the March parliamentary election.
The Amendment Bill will be brought to Parliament in the next 30 days.
— New Ziana.
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