News24

Zim referendum in January - Copac

2012-10-24 13:32

Cape Town - Zimbabwe will hold a referendum in January 2013 as having it this year only applies theoretically, the constitutional parliament select committee (Copac) has said, according to a report on Wednesday.

This comes after the peaceful completion of the Second All Stakeholders Conference, where political parties and stakeholders proposed a few amendments to the draft constitution.

According to a RadioVop report, Copac co-chair Douglas Mwonzora said there were still a lot of logistics that needed to be done before the referendum could be held.

"There are still a lot of things that need to be done. For example the financing as well as the hand over takeover of the constitutional process from Copac to the Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC).

"A referendum is an election and it falls under ZEC," Mwonzora said at the end of the conference.

ZEC early this month said about $104m was needed for the referendum. It also indicated that it required at least six weeks to put logistical arrangements in place.

Zimbabwe needs a new constitution to pave way for fresh polls following the country's bloody 2008 elections.
 

Comments
  • atholl.canterbury - 2012-10-24 13:38

    So the ones who swore an oath to protect the Constitution : The ones who were given power and control by the Constitution : Were the ones who destroyed the Constitution so that a new Constitution could be 'fought for'.

  • phillip.vancoller - 2012-10-24 13:39

    Why do we need to know this?It is a joke!!!!!!!

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-10-24 13:39

    The last paragraph crack me up completely.... Zim needs a lot more than just new constitution for fresh polls... it needs a complete objective and independent body to start, monitor and complete this process...

  • jeremy.thewasp - 2012-10-24 14:01

    And Bobs Zanu PF will be in charge of the counting process and amazingly win another term after the referendum..... ANC have learnt well from Bob how to completely and uterly destroy a country and bring it to it's knees yet live the good life at the top.

      isaac.tapfumaneyi.5 - 2012-10-24 17:03

      sorry but whos on ''its knees''?i thot sa was on its knees

  • len.murozvi - 2012-10-24 14:11

    I DON'T KNOW WHY MDC AND ZIMBABWEANS ARE SO NAIVE. ZANU WANTS TO TEST THE WATER BEFORE THE ELECTIONS AND THIS SO-CALLED REFERENDUM PROVIDES THEM THE RIGHT OPPORTUNITY. IF ZANU LOSE THIS SHAM , THEN THEIR VIOLENCE MACHINERY GOES INTO OVERDRIVE!

  • Simon Chabuka - 2012-10-24 14:47

    its funny how south africans always think zimbabweans are useless for not removing mugabe. its not that easy coz if it were then how come it took u guys so long to end apartheid. removing ruling governments in africa is not easy coz they support each other

      allhaleto.theale - 2012-10-24 15:56

      During apartheid most people didn't have a vote. Zimbabweans do so they must use it. And the sooner more South Africans vote for other parties the better as well, so the ANC start to perform better when they realise they may just lose an election. They're too comfortable.

  • comrade.shefu - 2012-10-24 23:06

    Vote for referendum in January and presidential elections in March is imposible because it takes two months for ZEC to release the election results especially if George Chiweshe is still chairing the commission-shame!

  • pages:
  • 1