The Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee begins public hearings Friday on the Electoral Amendment Bill the opposition Movement for Democratic Change alleged seeks to alter clauses in the new constitution, including stopping people in the diaspora from voting in national elections.
The new constitution requires lawmakers to hold public outreach meetings before a bill is signed into law. The committee will then compile a report that will be presented to House of Assemly and Senate.
Committee chairperson Jessie Majome said the first outreach meeting will be in Rushinga, Mashonaland Central. The team then heads to Gweru’s City Hall on Saturday morning and in the afternoon will be in Inyati, Matabeleland North.
On Sunday, the committee will be at Plumtree Business Centre in the morning and at Bulawayo’s Small City Hall in the afternoon.
On Monday, it meets with Masvingo residents in the town and later at Nyika Growth Point.
The team will be in Manicaland on Tuesday at the Mutasa district offices and then wraps up its program Wednesday with a meeting at parliament building in Harare. The program will run for six days.
Majome said because of financial limitations, the committee will not visit Mashonaland East and West.
“We were also supposed to hold public hearings on the National Prosecuting Authority Bill but because of lack of funds we were forced to abandon it,” Majome said.
She also reminded the public not to wear party regalia since this is a public event.