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Institute for Leadership Development
February 25, 2013
COPAC Constitution awareness dates
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COPAC will today
roll out a national public awareness campaign
on the proposed new Constitution, amid overwhelming enthusiasm
by some civic society groups to extend the time to create awareness.
The new Draft
Constitution goes for a referendum on 16 March and prospective voters
will be required to produce their identity particulars to cast their
ballots, as the voters' roll will not be used.
In an interview
with Women's Institute for Leadership Development (WILD),
Copac co-chairperson, Hon. Douglas Mwonzora said the enthusiasm
exhibited by members of the public was encouraging. "We are
very happy with the progress we have made so far regarding the spreading
of awareness on the proposed Constitution. We are glad to announce
that we will roll out the awareness on the new Constitution Draft
today," said Hon. Mwonzora.
He said they
had completed printing 90 000 copies of the Draft Constitution that
would be distributed to members of the public for revision and clarification.
"We would like to urge all members of the public to come to
these meetings in their numbers, as they are very crucial to each
and every one of them in making a wise decision before voting,"
He said during
the public awareness meetings, the members of the public should
seek clarifications regarding any issues that they do not understand.
"These public meetings are about providing information as
much as possible and people should take advantage of such,"
said Hon. Mwonzora.
He said Copac
had reached an agreement to work with civic society organisations
to distribute and campaign for the Draft Constitution. "There
is a need for members of the public to learn more about the final
Draft Constitution and as such to vote for this constitution comes
the 16th of March," he said.
He said there
has been a welcoming response from members of the public regarding
the awareness campaigns. "People across the political divide
are eager to be aware of the contents of the constitution and we
hope we are going to have people voting for it," Hon. Mwonzora
Hon. Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana said a summary of the Draft Constitution
would be advertised in the press with the first placements published
in the weekend newspapers. Information on the venues and dates for
the awareness campaigns was also published. Each district has between
two and three venues and meetings, according to the schedule released.
for example, the meetings start today, ending on Saturday with Matopo
in Matabeleland South to host the last ones on Friday next week.
Imbizo district in Bulawayo would have two meetings at Killarney
Hall at 10am and Lochview Primary School at 2pm today, with Mzilikazi
having two at Stanley Square at 10am and White City Arena at 2pm
on Saturday. Binga will have two at Manjolo and Lusulu at the same
times today while Bikita will also have two at Chiremwaremwa School
and Nyika Growth Point tomorrow.
The 16 March
Referendum will be the country's second after 12-13 February
2000 Constitutional Referendum. The 2000 draft, which had been written
by the Constitutional Commission, was however, rejected.
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