|House debates Human Rights, Electoral Bills|
|Wednesday, 11 July 2012 15:59|
THE House of Assembly resumed sitting yesterday with Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa bringing the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Bill and the Electoral Amendment Bills for debate.
The debate was delayed by disagreements among parties in the inclusive Government.
Presenting the report, Mutare Central representative Innocent Gonese, said they recommended that the minister remove a provision in the Bill requiring domestification of international treaties that Zimbabwe is signatory to before the ZHRC has jurisdiction over them.
Mbizo representative Settlement Chikwinya, said the removal of the clause would allow anyone who felt their rights might have been violated to seek redress.
Minister Chinamasa said it was common practice in observing the rule of law that laws should not be applied in retrospect.
He said the date in the Bill was in itself a compromise and said continued debate on the issue would prevent the ZHRC from effectively commencing its work. The Bill is supposed to create the ZHRC secretariat and how it carries out its day to day activities. On the Electoral Amendment Bill there was also heated debate from parliamentarians on the proposed amendments to the Electoral Act with the MDC formations suggesting further changes to those proposed by the minister.
The Parliamentary Legal Committee withdrew its adverse report on the Bill after agreeing with the minister that the proposed Polling Station Voters’ Roll be deferred to subsequent elections that would be held after the impending harmonised elections.