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COPAC Starts Accrediting Constitution Indaba Delegates

Zimbabwe’s parliamentary select committee (COPAC) tasked with writing the nation’s new constitution says preparations for the second all-stakeholders conference to discuss the draft constitution are at an advanced stage with the accreditation of delegates set for this weekend.

COPAC co-chairman Douglas Mwonzora of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said the accreditation will be done in provincial offices countrywide.

Mwonzora said his committee started Wednesday sending letters of invitation for accreditation to political parties and civic society organizations.

At least 1 100 delegates are expected to attend the three-day conference starting October 21. About 246 delegates will be drawn from political parties and 284 and 571 from lawmakers and civic organizations respectively.

Mwonzora said registration venues will be announced Thursday.

Zanu PF has rejected the draft constitution claiming that some of its provisions like the trimming of presidential powers and devolution of power to provinces were not part of the views of the people gathered in the outreach phase of the constitution-making process.

The two MDC formations have embraced the draft.
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