Mike Mulongoti addressing the media at the conference
Mike Mulongoti addressing the media at the conference

TWO political parties have rubbished opinion polls conducted in Zambia, saying they are irrelevant to the outcome of elections.

People’s Party president Mike Mulongoti yesterday described the opinion polls as nothing but a sheer waste of time.

Recently, a privately own television station, Muvi, conducted an opinion poll whose results showed that the opposition UPND would win the presidential election by a landslide.

Mr Mulongoti said the political parties that were relying on opinion polls to gauge their popularity and chances of winning the election were doing so at their own peril.

He said there was no way UPND could be ahead of other major political parties such as Patriotic Front and MMD when it came third in the 2011 general elections.

Mr Mulongoti said the results of the 2011 elections should not be undermined as they were likely to have a similar pattern even in the January 20 polls. He said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that opinion polls should not be encouraged because they have a potential to mislead the nation.

Mr Mulongoti advised political players from all parties not to be detracted but continue with their campaigns and reach out to as many people as possible so that they could woo their support.

And Zambia Republican Party (ZRP) president Wright Musoma said the opinion poll results were pathetic.

He said Mr Hichilema could not have 80 per cent while Mr Lungu 16 per cent in an election.

Mr Musoma said his party was not disturbed with the opinion polls because it was aimed at deceiving the nation.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Opinion polls are just that until the exit polls turn up to take their place. This is rapidly followed by cold harsh reality be it true, rigged, imposed or otherwise.

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    • Iwe ka SHORTI….!! you are the one who is CONFUSED because you wanted polls to point to PF. Continue dreaming kamudala. We kno you are on the limbo and you DONT LIKE UPND.

      But us and OUR ZAMBIAN friends will cherish goal oriented leaders.

      EL is got BRAIN DAMAGE due to abuse of ALCOHOL and how do you expect him to PULL THE crowd ? His judgement is GREATELY IMPAIRED. Sata was CHARISMATIC & a POLITICAL wit not this chakolwa who CANT EVEN DEBATE issues in Parliament.

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    • Ka Mulongoti keep quiet. You’re a small man in Zed politics. Just leave it to those who know it well. Akamutwee!!!

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    • MULONGOTI IS RIGHT. THE UPND DON’T HAVE THE NUMBERS FOR HH TO WIN PRESIDENCY. IS MUVI FROM SOUTH AFRICA? BECAUSE SOME POLITICAL PARTIES ARE SELLING ZAMBIA TO THE BOERS.

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  2. PWETETE PARTY SHUT YOUR *** MOUTH YOU JOB SEEKER ,YOUR PARTY HAS ONLY GOT TWO MEMBERS EVEN YOUR SO CALLED MISTRESS CANT EVEN BE YOUR MEMBER OPTS TO SUPPORT SOMEBODY.
    JUST SHUT YOUR MOUTH .TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS HHHHH IS WINNING.
    WE THOUGHT YOU HAD BRAINS BEFORE ALAS YOU ARE JUST TOO CLEVER FOR NOTHING YOU MDALA.
    GROW UP AND CONTINUE YAPPING TIL YOU YAP NO MORE.
    JUST SUPPORT YOUR CLUELESS LEADER AND VISIONLESS LEADER .

    FLIGHT HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH 2015
    THUMBS UP TO GBM AND MASEBO ABASH SWINES

    MASEBO JUST ENDORSED HHHHHHH
    #ZAMBIA UNITED JUST TURN AROUND AND SUPPORT HHHHH
    YOU ARE THE SAME PIPO TAKING ZAMBIA BACKWARDS SOON PF WILL START SAYING MASEBO IS NOT A FACTOR IF YOU PUT KALABA,LUNGU,JEAN,LUO ,KANSEMBE = MASEBO .
    THE GIRL HAS BALLS THAT YOU GUYS LIKE BENA LUNGU ,RB AND…

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  3. Ba MUVI TV dull TV station.I don’t watch.We’ll show UPND that come 20th January UPND the tribal party will be third.I don’t know where UPND will win.Eastern,luapula,notrhern,muchinga,Copperblet,lusaka,central will go to PF.Where did Costa get 81%?dull opinion polls.Viva PF.let them continue voting on facebook but actual vote ni Lungu.Pabwatooo

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  4. Upnd Will be shocked we cant vote pf out now they need to finish This projects they have working on in all fareness we May only talk about pf going out of power should be 2027 not now thanks.

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  5. Muvi TV has no capacity to run a poll infact they need approval from relevant authorities lose CSO to approve the sample used. SMSs without security means one can sms several times. So for dull people that believe every thing muvi does you will prove on 22nd Jan that the poll has a very big error margin.
    Muvi needs to avoid such its embrassing anyway what do you expect from quater baked scribes who go and report that farmers are not paid in Chipata and Serenje but fail to report that farmers in mufurila are all paid Strange!!! put 1 and 2 and you will find the answer why.

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  6. If the opinion poll was in favour of PF I can tell you by now it would have been reported daily in all public (GRZ) media. That is how PF operate.

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  7. @Mwine Mushi,GEN and LUAPULA FISH these opinion polls you need to take them seriously they MIGHT,I REPEAT THEY MIGHT be saying something especially in Lusaka.Yesterday i was listening to Millennium Radio callers opinion polls just on voice calls only,removing SMS voting to avoid suspicions on the presenters Lungu was white washed by HH,the same program continues today they want to do it for three day,You might be counting on Lusaka meanwhile things have changed,be careful.just advising.

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    • Do people use voters card during opinion polls or phone in programmes?

      Did anyone aged 20 years and below take part?

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  8. Ba Mulongoti, there is nothing wrong with opinion polls. Its the quality and sample sizes that matter. Also one has to take into account the characterics of the majority of Zambian voters, largely uneducated and so they usually dont know what they want until after they have voted. Thats why the campaigns must have a large educative component.

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  9. icintu cintu umwene. I cant imagine how tribalism will be in Zambia if UPND wins this election. I tell you umuntu bamumwena pamenso efyo aseka no kulolesha. HH is not a united person

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    • Saki refuses to rejoin UPND

      By Lambwe Kachali

      Thursday June 19, 2008 [04:00]

      UNITED Liberal Party (ULP) president Sakwiba Sikota yesterday said UPND president Hakainde Hichilema is not honest in his offer of reconciliation because he has failed to deal with tribalism in the party. Responding to Hichilema who on Tuesday invited him to rejoin UPND in the spirit of national unity and development, Sikota said Hichilema’s offer to the leadership and membership of ULP to rejoin UPND was not genuine and was laced with thorny issues.

      Sikota accused Hichilema of playing to the gallery by using the press without apologising to the people that suffered at the 2006 UPND convention and those who were still affected by the alleged tribalism in the party. He said if Hichilema really wanted…

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  10. happy new year all nice people

    EL FOR PRESIDENT

    2015 HAS COME AND WE WANT EL IN STATE HOUSE IN 19 DAYS TIME

    EL YOUR TIME HAS COME

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