Wednesday, March 20, 2013

(SUNDAY MAIL ZW) Government to gazette Draft Constitution following

Government to gazette Draft Constitution following landslide “Yes” vote
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 08:59
Charlotte Musarurwa

The Government is now expected to gazette the Draft Constitution after more than 3 million Zimbabweans voted in favour of the proposed new supreme law during last Saturday’s referendum.

The document will be presented to Parliament 30 days after gazetting. A two-thirds majority should endorse the Draft for it to be presented to the President for assent.

Announcing the referendum result at the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission command centre in Harare on Tuesday, Chief Elections Officer Mr Lovemore Sekeramayi said 3 079 966 people voted “Yes” while 179 489 voted against the Draft.

Also speaking at the command centre, Zec chairperson Justice Rita Makarau said: “The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has now completed the collation process of the referendum result. Allow me on behalf of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to thank and congratulate the people of Zimbabwe for the demonstration of maturity shown during the conduct of the referendum, which was a peaceful process throughout.

“Also allow me to thank all observers and observer missions who took time to observe the process and have given insights into our readiness and capabilities for the anticipated general elections later in the year.

“I also wish to congratulate the constitutional parliamentary committee (Copac) for the work carried out in coming up with a Draft Constitution which was the subject of this referendum.”

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