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The current Constitution for Zimbabwe is a product of a compromise agreement reached at the Lancaster House Conference in 1979 between the outgoing colonial government and the incoming nationalist gov...
The draft Constitution recommended by the Select Committee shall be submitted to a referendum. This is when Zimbabweans will decide as to whether they want the new Constitution or not.
After the Second All Stakeholder’s Conference, the Parliamentary Select Committee shall report to Parliament on its recommendations over the content of the new Constitution for Zimbabwe, part of whi...
1. GPA Article VI
Article VI of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) of 15th September, 2008, focuses on the constitution
2. Appointment of Constitution Select Committee (Complete)
Appointment of Constitution Select  Committee  
3. First All Stakeholders' Conference
In July 2009, COPAC convened the First All Stakeholders’
Public consultations to gather the views of Zimbabweans started in June 2010 and were concluded in October 2010. A total of 4, 943 meetings were held in all 1 957 wards.
The data uploading phase entailed converting data from hard copy into electronic format, filing all the data from the outreach process according to the different formats (hard copy, electronic, video,...
The Sitting of Thematic Committees commenced on the 3rd of May 2011, the process entailed compiling and organizing data that was gathered during the outreach consultations as well as written and websi...
Three Principal Drafters assisted by 17 technical experts under the instructions of the Select Committee are drafting the new Constitution.
Once the draft Constitution is in place, it shall be tabled to a Second All Stakeholder’s Conference. The Conference will bring together representatives of different stakeholders to review and make ...

Latest News & Press Statements

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The Constitution Select Committee, COPAC, is pleased to announce that the process of drafting the new constitution has now been completed. The draft new constitution is now in place and will be avail...
The Parliamentary Select Committee, COPAC, is pleased to inform the nation that it has today the 31st January 2013 formally adopted the final draft new constitution of Zimbabwe.  The completion of th...
The Parliamentary Select Committeewishes to advise Zimbabweans that it has completed reviewing the First Draft Constitution and will be meeting on Monday the 11th of June 2012 after which they will of...
The Constitution Parliamentary Committee (COPAC) wishes to advise Zimbabweans that the consultations that have been taking place on the First COPAC Draft Constitution as mandated by the Management Com...
COPAC clarification statement on UNDP advisor’s involvement COPAC would like to clarify that the process of drafting Zimbabwe’s constitution is nationally owned and people driven. There is no fore...
The Constitution Select Committee, COPAC, would like to inform Zimbabweans that the principal drafters have produced the first draft proposal of the new constitution for Zimbabwe which they are now re...
PRESS STATEMENT HARARE – 9 February, 2012 The Constitution Select Committee, COPAC, would like to inform Zimbabweans that the principal drafters have produced the first draft proposal of the new c...
PRESS STATEMENT Constitution Drafting Update Harare – 24 January, 2012 The Constitution Select Committee, COPAC, would like to inform Zimbabweans that the drafters have completed a preliminary pr...
PRESS STATEMENT Harare – 13 January, 2012 The Constitution Select Committee, COPAC, is pleased to announce that the drafting process that commenced recently is on-going.  The three principal draf...
NEWS RELEASE Actual drafting of new constitution commences Harare – 5 December, 2011 The Constitution Select Committee, COPAC, is pleased to inform the nation that the actual drafting of a new co...
PRESS STATEMENT Harare, November 17, 2011 COPAC PRODUCES IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS IN PREPARATION FOR DRAFTING The process of preparing for the actual drafting of the new constitution for Zimbabwe has ga...
PRESS STATEMENT Harare, November 14, 2011 COPAC FINALIZES PLANS FOR DRAFTING Harare – 14 November, 2011 - The Constitution Select Committee, COPAC, recently concluded a workshop in Masvingo on pr...
PRESS RELEASE UNDP receives additional funding from development partners for COPAC to support constitution making in Zimbabwe November 22, 2011: Continuing its support to the constitutional reform p...
COPAC officially opens the sitting of thematic committees HARARE – 3 May, 2011 - The Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) officially launched the sitting of the Thematic Committees at a ceremony h...
COPAC press statement The Constitution Select Committee, COPAC, would like to advise that the disagreement over data analysis methods which led to an impasse has now been resolved.  Stakeholders to ...
COPAC response to the Herald article:  COPAC data disappersThe Constitution Select Committee, COPAC, would like to correct certain inaccurate information in the above article that appeared on the fro...
COPAC embarks on data uploadingThe Constitution Parliamentary Select Committee, COPAC, has now embarked on the data uploading and collating stage of the constitution-making process.  This phase, whic...
COPAC concludes data uploading COPAC will soon be concluding the data uploading exercise that commenced on Tuesday, the 11th of January at the Crowne Plaza Monomotapa Hotel.  The exercise is expecte...