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Conference set for 21st to 23rd October - Constitution Watch
October 08, 2012
Conference Dates and Venue Fixed
All Stakeholders’ Conference will run from Sunday 21st
to Tuesday 23rd October at the Harare International Conference Centre.
The programme is as follows:
- Sunday 21st
October : Arrival of delegates and opening ceremony
- Monday 22nd
October: Conference business
- Tuesday 23rd
October: Conclusion of business by midday. Departure
The number and
breakdown of delegates remain as stated in Constitution
Watch of 26th September:
Total: 1 100
made up as follows:
- Members of
- Other delegates:
the 820 "other delegates"
- GPA parties
[30%] - 246 [82 nominated by each party]
- Civil Society
[70%] - 574 [method of selection still to be revealed]
of delegates will start next week and will be at provincial level.
[Veritas will send out more information - i.e. times, venues - when
it becomes available.] This should avoid the chaos that characterised
the single day centralised registration at the First All Stakeholders’
Conference in 2009. Details of civil society organisations to be
invited to send delegates are still being decided.
is difficult for civil society to organise itself for input on issues
of constitutional content while the arrangements are still uncertain
less than two week before for the Conference and organisations do
not know whether or not they will be delegates.
The COPAC co-chairs
have said that observers and press will be permitted to attend the
Conference. Accreditation will be required - details to be provided
as soon as they are available.
and Methodology of Conference
of the Conference will be to make comments and recommendations on
the draft. It will not be a re-drafting conference.
be grouped - The planned methodology is that delegates will break
up into groups, with each group assigned one chapter of the COPAC
- there are 18 chapters with the preamble counting as part of Chapter
1 on Founding Principles. Each group will have three co-chairs,
one nominated by each of the three GPA
parties. This arrangement mirrors the co-chair system followed for
the full COPAC Select Committee, for the teams that conducted the
outreach meetings and for the thematic committees that were set
up to prepare the reports on the outreach exercise.
to plenary - Each group will report back to the plenary Conference
on its comments and recommendations on its allocated chapter of
the draft constitution. If a group cannot reach consensus on any
point, the differing viewpoints will be reflected in its report.
The plenary will merely receive the reports - no further input or
discussion will be allowed once a report has been presented.
Action on Conference
report - These comments and recommendations will be considered and
action on them, if any, decided on after the Conference. The original
intention was that this should be done by COPAC but latest indications
are that the GPA principals intend to take a leading role. It is
likely that in either case, any suggested amendments will once again
be subject to party negotiations.
the draft chapter by chapter will make it difficult for some organisations
which have valuable inputs to make on several chapters and the lack
of time will make it difficult for organisations to get together
to strategise to overcome this problem.
of Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs reported an entirely
satisfactory Project Board Meeting [Management Committee and donors]
and that funding the Conference will be available.
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