COPAC's Final Narrative Report to Parliament - Feb 2013.doc

2 the second exercise was to extract from the list of

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2) The second exercise was to extract, from the list of constitutional issues, the list of Agreed Constitutional issues that would actually go into the constitution These are also contained in the document entitled ‘Drafting Instruments’ noted above. 3) The Select Committee also developed 26 Constitutional Principles from the National Statistical Report to guide the drafting process. These are also contained in the document entitled ‘Drafting Instruments’ noted above. 4) There were gaps in the information that was collected during the outreach programme. In some instances technical questions were not addressed. People answered the question “what”, and did not address the question of “how” they wanted the issues to be effected in the constitution. The Select Committee with the assistance of technical experts then conducted a process of identifying and filling the gaps and produced an agreed Document on Gap Filling. Some of the gaps identified were in respect of the following areas: Qualifications of judges Removal of judges from office Who can declare a state of emergency Acquisition, loss and restoration of citizenship Powers of the Senate and the House of Assembly Election of President of the Senate Election of Speaker of the House of Assembly 16 The Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) Report to Parliament, February 2013
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General matters relating to parliament Procedure in parliament The Gap Filling information is also contained in the document entitled ‘Drafting Instruments’ noted above. 17. Drafting The following Principal Drafters were appointed by the Select Committee: a) Justice Moses Chinhengo, b) Mr. Brian Crozier and c) Mrs. Priscilla Madzonga. These Drafters were chosen for their competence and expertise in drafting. They were assisted by a Drafting Committee comprising of 5 nominees from each of the political parties represented in Parliament and two others nominated by the Chiefs Council. The Select Committee produced Drafting Instructions to guide the drafters in their work. The drafting process was scheduled to be completed in 35 days. Up to the time this Final Draft Constitution was produced, the drafting process had cumulatively taken 102 days. In January 2012, the Preliminary Draft was produced which was interrogated by the Select Committee culminating in fresh instructions to the Drafters. In order to expedite the work of the Select Committee, the Co-chairpersons’ Forum was established to interrogate the draft. It comprised of the following: Hon. M. P. Mangwana Hon. D. T. Mwonzora Hon. E. T. Mkhosi Dr. Alex Magaisa Mr. Godwills Masimirembwa Mr. Josephat Tshuma The Chairpersons’ Forum produced a report which was adopted by the Select Committee.
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  • Fall '17
  • Jane Moore
  • ........., Parliament of the United Kingdom, The Honourable, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, The Right Honourable, Constitution Select Committee

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