Zimbabwean Constitution Drafting Teams are Two Years behind Schedule, and whether Elections will be held in Zimbabwe before the initial Deadline of June 2013

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QUESTION NO: 42 (NO336E)

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 3-2012 OF 21 FEBRUARY 2012

Mr IO Davidson (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

  1. Whether she had been informed that the Zimbabwean constitution drafting teams are two years behind schedule; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so,

  2. Whether elections will be held in Zimbabwe before the initial deadline of June 2013; if not, how was this conclusion reached?

REPLY:

  1. Yes, the Minister is aware of the fact that the constitution making process is behind schedule.

  2. The GPA envisages that an election in Zimbabwe will only be held following the finalisation of the constitution making process. Currently, the Constitutional Parliamentary Select Committee (COPAC) is drafting a new Constitution after which a referendum and then elections should be held. Our Government therefore expect that there would be no deviation from the provisions of the GPA.

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