Date:14 Feb 2013
Zimbabwe Sets March 16 for Referendum
Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Eric Matinenga, announced yesterday that Government has tentatively set March 16, 2013 as the date for the referendum on the draft Constitution which has been endorsed by Prez. Mugabe and Prime Ministyer Tsvangirai.
Zimbabweans will be required to vote for a law that would set presidential term limits and abolish the head of state's immunity for the first time. The law would also set the stage for them to face off in a presidential election, which Tsvangirai revealed would be held in July in tandem with a legislative vote, although he gave no precise date.
Minister Matinenga said the referendum was likely to be held over two days if principals in the inclusive Government accepted his proposal, as it would allow people to express their will. He added that his ministry had started publicity campaigns countrywide to explain the contents of the draft constitution to the people and expressed hope that at least two meetings will be held in every province.