18 February 2013

Zimbabwe - Copac Commences Publicity Campaign

The Constitution select Committee(C OPAC) of Zimbabwe will today begin the publicity campaign for the new Constitution by deploying COPAC teams to various districts countrywide to increase awareness among the general public on the contents of the proposed draft Constitution.

Zimbabwe will hold a referendum on the draft Constitution on March 16 and the three political parties in the inclusive Government have pledged to urge all their supporters to vote for the adoption of the proposed recommendations to the Constitution.

Copac co-chairman, Mr. Douglas Mwonzora says they will be meeting various stakeholders to explain the draft Constitution and also distribute copies of the draft, adding that all logistical arrangements were almost complete. "The printing of the draft is nearly complete, we are just behind with the translations but I think it will be completed within time. "We urge Zimbabweans to read the draft on their own and vote Yes at the referendum," he said. Mr. Edward Mkhosi, the MDC co-chairperson echoed similar sentiments.

Copies of the draft Constitution will be distributed through the offices of provincial and district administrators, with at least 90,000 copies of the draft being printed so far, 20,000 of those would be in various local languages, while 70,000 would be in English. Copac intends to translate 500 copies into Braille to cater for the visually impaired.

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