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The Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Cde Patrick Chinamasa, says if the delay in the constitution-making process continues, Zimbabweans will go to the polls this year under the Lancaster House Constitution without Amendment Number 19 which gave birth to the Global Political Agreement.

Cde Chinamasa says the ideal position regarding the holding of elections is that if COPAC further delays the constitution-making process, elections will be held under the old constitution as there is also no guarantee that people will embrace the new constitution.

 

 

Cde Chinamasa, who was speaking on the sidelines of the Joint Command Staff Course Number 24 at the Zimbabwe Staff College in Harare said the Global Political Agreement clearly stipulates that the new constitution has to be concluded within two years paving the way for elections.

Meanwhile, Cde Chinamasa said the lack of adequate resources have been the major factor hampering the efficiency of the judiciary service in Zimbabwe.

He said his ministry is working flat out to enhance judiciary independence, efficiency and accountability.

Under the GPA, the writing of the new constitution was supposed to have been finished before the expiry of the agreement in February this year paving the way for the referendum which would subsequently lead to the holding of general elections.