25 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Copac Rolls Out Referendum Campaigns

COPAC today officially launches a campaign to familiarise the people with the draft Constitution in various parts of the country ahead of the referendum slated for March 16. This follows the successful mobilisation of funds by Government from local sources. "The process is three-pronged.

The first one is a publicity programme by Copac. Copac will address various public meetings targeted at main centres in urban and rural areas. This one is starting tomorrow (today) with meetings in various districts countrywide.

"The idea is to interact with members of the public regarding the substance of what the Constitution says and making any clarifications to them," said Copac co-chairperson Mr Douglas Mwonzora.

He said Copac had advertised venues and times the public meetings would be held.

"The second one is an advocacy programme principally done by the civil society. Members of the civil society given permission to represent Copac will hold seminars or public meetings on the Constitution. These will focus on areas of their interest. For example, civil society organisations dealing with the disabled are likely to be biased on rights of the disabled and the same applies to churches or trade unions organisations. We will allow them as Copac to go and propagate that," Mr Mwonzora said.

Non Governmental Organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Copac in Harare last week setting the conditions under which they are going to operate and the material they are going to use.

Members of Parliament will also be mandated to carry out publicity campaigns in their respective constituencies.

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