Thu, 10 Sep 2009 20:39 - Updated Thu, 10 Sep 2009 20:38
Diplomats briefed on Constitution process
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Luanda – The Constitutional Commission of the National Assembly (Angolan Parliament) Thursday in Luanda briefed the diplomatic corps accredited to Angola on the drafting of the new Constitution, particularly on the methodology for its elaboration and programme of actions.
Chaired by the chairman of the Constitutional Commission, Bornito de Sousa, the meeting was attended by the deputy chairmen, Ferreira Pinto and Jaka Jamba.
Speaking on the methodology adopted, jurist Cremildo Paca, a member of the body’s Technical Commission said that one of the top tasks was the elaboration of the principles governing the functioning of the organ.
He said that after receiving the drafts from political parties with Parliament seats, the Technical Commission is working on three proposals that will be submitted to public consultation, followed by approval by the Constitutional Commission.
Cremildo Paca explained that the consultation will be far-reaching and inclusive, involving socio-professional associations, relevant entities, traditional authorities, non-governmental organisations, representatives of churches, students and other organs of the civil society.
Under the consultations, the source said, seminars and other initiatives will be run by citizens and national organisations of the civil society.
He stated that the main aspects of the three mentioned proposals will be translated into vernacular languages, in addition to information and debate sessions in the various provinces of the country, seeking a broad participation.
This will be followed by the submission of the final text to the National Assembly that will decide on its approval.
As to the programme, the source said that the drafts will be submitted to the Constitutional Commission on November 13 this year, before a general analysis and deliberation is held between November 16 and December 2009.
According to the MP, public consultations will he held from January 5 to February 20, 2010.
Between February 21 and March 22 next year, the draft will be re-examined by specialists of the Constitutional Commission, followed by its submission to the plenary of the National Assembly for analysis, discussion and eventual approval of the future Constitution of the
Republic of Angola.