Jun 12, 2012

Constitution Review: Let's do it!

It was announced this past weekend that the public review period for the 1st draft constitution has been extended to July 20. As I mentioned in my previous post, public engagement has been woefully low and since it’s not simply enough to identify a problem without proposing a solution, I have a new mini project.


Starting this upcoming Saturday, June 16, I will be hosting an hour long programme on Zambia Blog Talk Radio focused on highlighting various key provisions in this draft document. It is my intent to engage various subject matter experts to come on the show to help drive the discussions to ensure that we are speaking from a point of knowledge and not ignorance.

The show segment will air at 8 a.m. PST, 11 a.m. EST, 15 hrs GMT, and 17 hrs CAT. The live stream will be found here; I’ll also be sure to upload the podcasts.

If you’re interested in participating please see my initial draft schedule below, so you can read ahead and come prepared for robust conversations. Please provide feedback, as this schedule is flexible depending on demand. 


June 16

Part V BILL OF RIGHTS
Civil and Political Rights
Article 27 Protection from discrimination
Article 28 Right to life
Article 30 Protection from inhuman treatment
Article 35 Freedom of religion and conscience

June 23
Part V BILL OF RIGHTS
Civil and Political Rights
Article 36 Freedom of Expression
Article 37 Access to information
Article 38 Freedom of Media

Part VI Representation of the People
Article 79 Access to media (for political parties)

June 30

Part V BILL OF RIGHTS
Civil and Political Rights
Article 45 Equality before the law
Article 47 Access and right to Justice
Article 48 Rights of suspects and arrested persons
Article 49 Rights of persons detained and in custody
Article 50 Fair Trial

July 7 
Part V BILL OF RIGHTS
Civil and Political Rights
Article 51 Equality of both Genders
Article 52 Further rights for women
Article 54 Family
Article 55 Children

July 14
PART VI
REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE
Electoral Systems and Process
Article 88 Legislation on political parties
PART VII
EXECUTIVE
Executive Power
Article 97 Election of President
Article 107 and 108 Vice-President   
Article 120 Ministers
PART VIII
LEGISLATURE
Legislative Function
Article 137 Qualifications for Members of Parliament
Article 160 Right to petition and make comments
Article 161 Public access and participation 

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