3 August 2012

Zimbabwe: Press Statement On Resolutions of the MDC National Council On the Draft Constitution, Harvest House

press release

Today the MDC National Council which is the highest decision-making organ in between Congresses sat to analyse the Draft Constitution.

After extensive deliberation, the National Council resolved to accept the Constitutional Draft. This is despite the fact that some aspects which the MDC would have wanted included in the Draft could not be incorporated.

It recommended Zimbabweans to vote 'YES' for the constitution in the referendum. Among other positives, the MDC is happy the Constitution has a very comprehensive bill of rights which include the first generation rights and socio-economic rights.

The constitution makes provisions for free and fair elections and sets definite time periods in which elections must be held.

The Party is also happy that the dream for a 50-50 representation in Parliament is becoming a reality. The acceptance of the Draft Constitution by the National Council follows a similar move by the Party's National Executive Committee last week.

The MDC urges the Zimbabweans to ignore prophets of doom who have dismissed the constitution as they want to reverse the gains made by the people.

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