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reading of the Constitutional Amendment (No 18) Bill
September 14, 2007
Amendment (No 18) Bill was on 12 September 2007, read for the
first time in the House of Assembly by the Minister of Justice,
Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Patrick Chinamasa.
The Bill seeks to harmonize
Presidential and Parliamentary elections, reduce the Presidential
term from six to five years and change the composition of the Senate
and House of Assembly from the current 66 and 150 members to 84
and 210 members respectively.
In addition, the Bill
provides for the appointment of a Deputy Chief Justice, the establishment
and functions of an Independent Human Rights Commission and the
division of Zimbabwe into 200 Constituencies for the House of Assembly
and 50 Senatorial Constituencies, among many other things.
The second reading is
scheduled for the 18th of September 2007 when Patrick Chinamasa
is expected to table committee-stage amendments recently agreed
to by the ruling party Politburo.
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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