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Civil society groups and organizations and trade unions have criticized the government for the absolute lack of transparency in the current phase of the process of constitutional reforms.

In an open letter they have noted with grave concern that it had been very non-transparent in respect of the workings of the Steering Committee, the six Sub-Committees and the Panel of Experts or the overall time frame and process.

This is in fact contrary to the very resolution that converted Parliament into a Constitutional Assembly as no meaningful attempt has been made to institutionalize transparency and disseminate or broadcast such information to the public as outlined in Articles 4 and 11 of the said resolution, they charge.

They have further noted the lack of transparency that they claim is almost certain to have adverse consequences on the rights and interests of those on the socio-economic margins of the polity.

“We therefore call on the Constitutional Assembly and the Steering Committee to take immediate measures to ensure fullest levels of transparency in the process. This includes rendering all submissions, reports and official records of deliberations to the public and ensuring that sufficient time is set aside for meaningful public scrutiny and discussion of the draft Constitution thus produced,” they declared.