28 February 2013

Tanzania: CRC Issues Constitutional Assemblies Guidelines

THE Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) has issued guidelines to govern the formation of constitutional assemblies which invite qualified Tanzanians who wish to take part in the fora to lodge their applications with the village executive offices starting March 8, this year.

The district assemblies, according to the Constitutional Review Act, are aimed at collecting public opinions on the Draft Constitution which will be tabled by the CRC. The Commission has planned to conduct the assemblies for three months beginning June, this year.

According to the guidelines published in various newspapers yesterday, the deadline for lodging applications for wananchi from both, Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar, will be March 20, this year. "After the deadline, on March 22, this year, the list of all applicants will be placed openly on notice boards at village offices for Mainland Tanzania and Shehia in Zanzibar," reads part of the guidelines.

The list will stay on the boards for one week until March 28, this year, waiting for meetings to elect prospective members of the fora. According to the guidelines, the village, street and Shehia meetings aimed at electing prospective members of the constitutional assemblies will he held between March 30 and April 3, this year.

Between April 5 and 9 this year, the CRC says in its guidelines, every ward in Mainland Tanzania will conduct its special meeting to elect four members from those proposed from the villages and districts. "In Zanzibar, the meetings to elect three representatives from each Shehia will be held between March 30 and April 3 this year," reads part of the guidelines.

According to the guidelines, after meetings at ward and shehia levels, the list of names elected to join the district constitutional assemblies will be submitted to the respective Director or Secretary of the Local Government Authority between April 13 and 17, this year, for submission to the Secretary of the CRC by April 30 this year.

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