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 held at the Rainbow Towers in Harare on Tuesday, 3 May, 2011.
The launch of the sitting of the Thematic Committees marked an important milestone in the constitution- making process. The process is expected to take 17 days. Of these, the first two days were training days whereby delegates were inducted on how the whole process would be undertaken.
During the sitting of the Thematic Committees, data which was collected from more than 4821 meetings held throughout the country during the outreach consultations as well as website and written submissions, will be collated and analysed. The collated data will form the basis of reports that will be used by drafters to craft a new Constitution for Zimbabwe.
In their deliberations, the Thematic Committees will focus mainly on the 17 thematic areas which were agreed upon during the First All Stakeholders’ Conference.
The 17 thematic areas are as follows:-
• The Founding Principles of the Constitution
• Separation of Powers of the State
• Systems of Government
• Executive Organs of the State, PSC in full, Police and Defence
• Elections, Independent Commissions and Transitional Mechanisms
• Citizenship and Bill of Rights
• Land and Natural Resources
• Public Finance and Management
• Traditional Institutions and customs
• The Disabled
• War Veterans/ Freedom Fighters
• Local Languages
• Women and Gender
The Thematic Committees comprise of Members of Parliament, representatives of political parties and representatives of Civil Society who will function as team members, team leaders, rapporteurs and technical advisors.
After completion of the sitting of the Thematic Committees, the next phases of the Constitution making process will include drafting, Second All Stakeholders’ Conference, presentation of the draft to Parliament and a referendum.
For more information please contact:-
31 Lawson Avenue
Tel: 04-703268/ 702529
Website – www.copac.org.zw
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