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

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9. Special Outreach for Members of Parliament Most Members of Parliament were members of the outreach teams that conducted the consultations countrywide. As a result, they did not get an opportunity to air their views for possible inclusion in the Draft Constitution. In this regard, they requested that a special outreach be conducted for them, and this was done on Thursday the 11 th of November 2010 at Parliament Buildings. The important views they expressed are captured in this Draft Constitution. 10. Institutional Submissions COPAC also received 52 written submissions from institutions and other organized groups. These views as expressed by these submissions have been incorporated into the Draft Constitution. 11. Special Outreach for the Disabled Special outreach meetings for the disabled were carried out throughout the country. These meetings were coordinated by the umbrella bodies for the disabled at selected meeting places in each province. The invaluable contributions by the disabled were factored into the Draft Constitution. 12. Participation by the Diaspora The COPAC website was launched and groups in the Diaspora were encouraged to use it for their contributions. There was a good response from groups in the Diaspora, with 2,200 responses being submitted. The information was quantified and analysed for incorporation into the main outreach material. 13. Data Uploading 14 The Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) Report to Parliament, February 2013
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The process of up loading data was conducted from the 10 th to the 25 th of January 2011. This process was essentially meant to store the outreach data in electronic format. It will be noted that although all outreach teams had laptops, it was not possible to electronically record the responses on the day of the proceedings for various reasons, which include power cuts, which affected many parts of the country. It therefore became necessary to upload the data into a giant sever. COPAC developed software application known as CODACA, specifically for this purpose. Although technical problems were encountered in the initial stages, all the data was successfully uploaded. 14. Sitting of Thematic Committees The Thematic Committees had the mandate to analyse the data that came from outreach. 425 participants constituted the Thematic Committees. Of this figure, 30% were Members of Parliament and 70% of the membership came from civil society. A decision was also made to allocate 30 and 17 slots to small political parties and Chiefs respectively. During the sitting of these Thematic Committees disagreements arose on the methodology to be adopted in analysing the data. Specifically, some were in favour of using the “quantitative method”, which entailed using the number of wards in which an issue was mentioned, as a measurement of the popularity of that issue, while others preferred the “qualitative method”, which entailed using other parameters such as the meeting atmosphere and the spread of acceptability of the issue across all provinces.
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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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