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

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An agreement was then reached to use both methods in analysing the data. The major outcome of the Thematic Committees was the production of Ward, District, Provincial and the National Statistical Reports. 15. Interpretation of statistics Prior to the commencement of outreach, the Select Committee resolved to have specific number of meetings in each ward in order to ensure uniformity and fairness in reaching out to the people across the country. The resolution was to the effect that three meetings were to be held per ward in rural areas while one meeting was to be held per ward in urban areas. The difference in the number of meetings between urban and rural areas was motivated by the fact that most rural wards are vast and people would travel long distances to attend a meeting at a central venue in the ward. However, there were more than three meetings per ward in some rural districts and more than one meeting in some urban wards for various reasons. Because of the differences in the number of meetings held per each ward throughout the country, it was agreed that the ward would be used as the unit of analysis as opposed to the meeting. The percentages generated in the statistical reports are based on the number of wards in which an issue was mentioned out of the total number of wards. It therefore gives a general indication of the views which came out of the public consultative process. Given the fact that this was not a scientific study, the Select Committee resolved that both the statistics (quantitative) and qualitative outcomes (for example meeting atmosphere and others) must be taken into account in deciding what would eventually go into the constitution. The 15 The Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) Report to Parliament, February 2013
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interpretation of these statistics therefore has to take into account these limitations in methodology. Whilst a high frequency was a general guide that in itself was not the sole determinant of the importance of an issue enough to find its way into the Draft Constitution that has been produced. 16. Preparatory work for drafting Some of the issues that were raised during the outreach programme were not necessarily constitutional. The Select Committee then undertook an exercise of extracting constitutional issues from the National Statistical Reports. In this regard COPAC engaged 17 legal experts (5 per political party and 2 representatives of Chiefs). The Select Committee met at various locations which include Pandhari, Masvingo, Vumba and Bulawayo and engaged in the following processes: 1) The extraction of Constitutional issues, all of them, as derived from the outreach process. These are contained in a document entitled ‘Drafting Instruments’ which is also attached for the information of this Honourable House.
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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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