Submissions to the Constitutional Convention will close on the Convention’s close of business on 27th November 2013
I regret that I posted previously, on 14 11 2013, that the Convention would cease taking submissions on 19 11 2013. I had thought that this news which I received was reliable.
On Monday 25 11 2013 the Convention’s website showed a new notice, that the Convention will accept its last submissions at its close of business on Wednesday 27 11 2013.
So you can still send a submission, and we ask all people without religion, and people with religion who want a secular society and a secular constitution, to make his or her own submission to that effect.
The Constitutional Convention is to hold its last 2 weekend meetings in February 2014. The subjects which they will discuss on those weekends are not settled, and the Convention’s members will vote in early December 2013 on what these will be.
The Convention’s members will use the list of subjects on which people made submissions to the Convention website. They have full discretion and are not bound by the number of submissions on a subject, but may be considering the quality of the submissions.
The website is going to stop taking submissions on 27 November 2013.
Any person who wants to make a submission to the Constitutional Convention needs to put the submission on the Convention website by 27 November 2013. After that date the Constitutional Convention will cease taking submissions on its website.
At present it is not in any way guaranteed that the secular questions (other than blasphemy) will be discussed.
You can make it more likely that the main secular questions will be discussed, by sending in your individual submission, which need not be long or complicated.
See the previous post for some ideas.
Blasphemy was discussed at the Convention’s meeting on Saturday 02 and Sunday 03 November 2013. The vote was to remove the anti-blasphemy clause.
At present the Convention’s website says it has 709 submissions in its “Submissions – Other” list. There are also at least 14 submissions for a Secular Constitution in the “Blasphemy” list. The three largest groups of submissions are on these subjects:-
Separate Church and State (Secular Constitution) – 188;
Environment to be protected in the constitution – 151;
We have heard from Convention officials that there may be several tens of submissions on the Environment waiting to be put up on the website.
Economic, Social, and Cultural rights (ESC) (includes a Home) – 140.
Of the 188 submissions asking for a Secular Constitution, some of these are about all the parts that need to be changed, and some are on single subjects, such as the Preamble, or the Declarations for President, Council of State, and Judges.