The ruling PF has described as bogus reports of a recent Muvi TV opinion poll which saw UPND’s Hakainde Hichilema emerging winner beating PF candidate Edgar Lungu as the candidate likely to win the January 20 election.
Mr Hichilema amassed over 80 percent of the votes cast with Mr Lungu trailing in distant second with a paltry six point of the vote.
Other candidates shared the remainder of the poll results.
PF Lusaka Province Information and Publicity Secretary Stanley Chumya said in a statement that Muvi TV is running bogus opinion polls to make the UPND popular.
‘PF is a ruling party and there is no way it could have 6 percent in any opinion poll, compared to the UPND which has never ruled this country and only has less than 30 MPs. It is absurd and abnormal,’ Mr Chumya said.
He added, ‘Muvi TV should go out and conduct genuine opinion polls because we know they have been bought and by so doing they are putting this country on fire and misleading the masses so that they put the voting pattern in favour of the UPND.’
Mr Chumya said, ‘We know these people are being paid and we are not going to allow this type of behaviour to continue. As PF we are urging Muvi TV Costa Mwansa specifically to be weary because after January 20 we are winning the election and Muvi TV cannot be pushed around but for Mr Mwansa, he should expect the worst.
But in an interview, Muvi TV General Manager Costa Mwansa dismissed the claims that the opinion polls are bogus.
‘If they are claiming that the opinion polls are bogus, rather than just coming to the media to say they are bogus, let them come up with valid proof that these polls are bogus. These opinion poll have not started now, they started way back. You remember when we did the opinion poll on the PF candidate, didn’t they advertise in the papers that this opinion poll was credible? The PF themselves, let them come to us officially and prove to us that we are running a bogus poll,’ Mr Mwansa said.
He added, ‘Let the PF engaged and we will explain to them. We notified the Electoral Commission before conducting these polls and they gave us a go ahead to run this poll and they checked to see that the poll is verifiable.’