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The select committee shall be set up within two

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the Select Committee shall be set up within two months of inception of a new government; ii. the convening of the first All Stakeholders Conference shall be within 3 months of the date of the appointment of the Select Committee; iii. the public consultation process shall be completed no later than 4 months of the date of the first All Stakeholders Conference; iv. the draft Constitution shall be tabled within 3 months of completion of the public consultation process to a second All Stakeholders Conference; v. the draft Constitution and the accompanying Report shall be tabled before Parliament within 1 month of the second All Stakeholders Conference; vi. the draft Constitution and the accompanying Report shall be debated in Parliament and the debate concluded within one month; vii. the draft Constitution emerging from Parliament shall be gazetted before the holding of a referendum; 8 The Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) Report to Parliament, February 2013
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viii. a referendum on the new draft Constitution shall be held within 3 months of the conclusion of the debate; ix. in the event of the draft Constitution being approved in the referendum it shall be gazetted within 1 month of the date of the referendum; and x. the draft Constitution shall be introduced in Parliament no later than 1 month after the expiration of the period of 30 days from the date of its gazetting. In carrying out its mandate, the Select Committee was guided by the following principles: a) That all decisions during its deliberations were to be by consensus. b) That meetings of the Committee or its sub-committees were deemed official only when all the parties in the inclusive Government were represented, provided that in cases were one party was not represented, the co-chair of that party’s representatives allowed such a meeting to proceed as an official meeting in their absence. c) That all Select Committee meetings would be co-chaired. 9 The Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) Report to Parliament, February 2013
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SECTION B – EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1. Introduction The Parliamentary Select Committee on the new constitution for Zimbabwe (hereinafter referred to as COPAC) was established on the 12 th of April 2009 being comprised of Members of Parliament from the political parties that are signatory to the Global Political Agreement and a representative of the Chiefs Council who sits in Parliament. During the initial period the Select Committee operated within the precincts of Parliament and was serviced by the Parliament secretariat. The Select Committee acknowledges the immense role played by the Clerk and his team during this formative phase of the process. An independent secretariat was then recruited in December 2009 and was based at the COPAC Head Office at 31 Lawson Avenue in Milton Park, Harare.
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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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