Draft Constitution submission deadline extended

THE Technical Committee on Drafting of the Zambian Constitution has extended the period for the informal public consultation process to accommodate the translated versions from August 1 to September 19, this year.

Constitution Conventions Coordinator, Reuben Lifuka said in a statement in Lusaka yesterday that the extension was only for members of the public that were relying on the translated version.

Mr Lifuka said the deadline for submitting comments for members of the public who relied on the English version of the first Draft Constitution remained unchanged and ends today.

During the launch of the consultative process on April 30, this year, the technical committee indicated that it would produce and translate a popular version of the first draft document into the seven major local languages.

“The committee has encountered some delays in this exercise but we wish to confirm that the translated popular versions are in the process of being printed and will be available for distribution to members of the public soon,” he said.

He said the committee would work with stakeholders to ensure that copies of the translated versions were distributed to all the 10 provinces.

Mr Lifuka advised members of the public and stakeholders that the formal consultation process would commence with the holding of district consultative fora from August 27 to August 29.

He said this would be followed by provincial conventions from October 8 to 14 this year and the national and sector groups convention from October 22 to November 1, 2012.


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