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

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question which required scoring, the issue which had the highest frequency would carry the day. For questions that did not require scoring, the issues would be ranked for consideration into the Draft Constitution. 4.3. National Statistical report Version Two This version took the approach of provincial analysis. It took into account the shortcomings in the data collection methodology which was not scientific. For starters, there was no voting during outreach. At a meeting, if five people spoke on the same issue and just one person spoke on an opposite matter, the issues raised had the same frequency in the ward. It becomes absurd if the scenario occurs in situations were in one meeting, twenty people attended and two thousand in the other. The frequency on the issues was considered the same despite the fact that one meeting had more people than in another. This version sought to consider what each province was saying without subjecting it to the others. Given the same example as explained in version one above, this approach sought to find out why there was such a spread of opinion on the same matter nationally. It probably meant that there was need to come up with a middle of the road approach rather than a winner takes all approach as appeared to be advocated by version one. Both versions were used in determining what eventually went into the Draft Constitution. The Thematic Committee discussions resulted in key reports that are contained in the National Statistical reports that form part of this report. This information may become useful in future national programmes as it is a result of meticulous attention by the participants. Subsidiary legislation may find this mass of data useful. The participants in the Thematic Committee discussions is appended to this report (Annex 3) 5. Drafting Process After the Thematic Committees, which lasted thirty five days instead of the scheduled fifteen, the Select Committee embarked on an audit and cleaning up of the work of the Thematic 45 The Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) Report to Parliament, February 2013
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Committees in readiness for the Drafting process. Quality Control became a central feature of the constitution making process. 5.1. Steps in the Drafting process As part of the Drafting process, preparatory work was carried as follows: a) The extraction of Constitutional issues as derived from the outreach process. These are contained in a document entitled ‘Drafting Instruments’ which is also being tabled for the consideration of this Honourable House. b) The second exercise was to extract, from the list of constitutional issues, the list of Agreed Constitutional issues that were to actually go into the constitution These are also contained in the document entitled ‘Drafting Instruments’ noted above.
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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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