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12 The Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) Report to Parliament, February 2013
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COPAC thought it prudent that the outreach be launched by the Principals to give them an opportunity to reiterate their commitment to the process and assure the citizens that their views would be respected. All the three Principals committed themselves to uphold the views that would emerge from the people. The launch of the outreach programme was done on Wednesday the 16 th of June 2010. On the 21 st of June 2010 COPAC embarked on the outreach programme countrywide. 70 teams were dispatched to the different provinces of the country. Each of the outreach teams comprised of the following members: Co-chairs as overall supervisors 2 members of the Select Committee as provincial supervisors 3 Co-team leaders 3 Rapporteurs 1 Technician Drivers Ordinary team members Each of the teams comprised an average 14 members. 70% of these members were drawn from civil society and 30% from political parties in line with the resolution of the First All Stakeholders’ Conference. The outreach process took an additional 30 days over and above the 65 days originally planned. The outreach consultation process was completed and a total of 4 943 meetings were successfully completed in 1 960 wards countrywide as reflected in the table below . Province No. of meetings Total No. of participants No. of males No. of females No. of youths No. of special needs Average attendance Mash East 567 181 756 60 158 69 733 50 400 1 465 321 Mash West 509 121 647 55 034 44 148 22 119 346 239 Manicaland 677 152 130 57 828 67 760 24 911 1 631 225 Mat South 477 48 211 19 248 21 602 7 142 219 101 Mash Central 652 214 023 71 965 77 284 63 482 1 292 328 Mat North 614 53 077 20 905 20 605 11 246 321 86 Masvingo 622 184 208 64 960 76 267 41 053 1 928 296 Midlands 672 102 453 43 842 42 690 15 515 406 152 Harare 96 49 699 17 541 17 192 14 761 215 518 Bulawayo 57 11 556 4 791 3 957 2 611 197 203 Totals 4 943 1 118 760 416 272 441 238 253 240 8 020 226 In Harare, a total of 44 out of the planned 84 meetings were convened prior to the decision by the Management Committee to suspend outreach in the capital. COPAC reviewed reports 13 The Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) Report to Parliament, February 2013
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from all centres and a decision was taken to re-convene 40 meetings in Harare on 30 th and 31 st October 2010. The outreach programme was held within a context of a polarized society. There were indeed therefore sporadic incidences of violence and intimidation that were reported in some provinces. The most conspicuous scenes of violence were recorded during the Harare outreach which led to a temporary abandonment of the exercise. A decision was deliberately made that, countrywide, where meetings were abandoned because of violence, intimidation or other causes, the meetings had to be reconvened. 8. National Consultative Outreach for Children COPAC partnered with UNICEF to convene a special outreach meeting for children from the 22 nd to the 23 rd of September 2010 at Parliament Buildings. Some of the views raised by children during this and other meetings across the country are captured in this Draft Constitution.
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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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