Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Secretary General Winston Chibwe has welcomed the opinion poll conducted by Muvi television which shows that Hakainde Hichilema of UPND would win the elections by 83 percent.
Mr. Chibwe said although the results of the opinion polls may not be concrete, it was quiet encouraging.
He said the opinion poll was a call for the opposition party to work even harder in all angles if they were to win the forthcoming presidential election.
But former MMD Solwezi Central Member of Parliament Luckson Mulusa, who has endorsed party president Nevers Mumba, said authorities must take a step and stop Muvi TV from conducting such polls because they were dangerous to the security of the country.
Mr. Mulusa said such polls do not meet the minimum standards because one person can vote three or four times.
He said it was not easy to tell who was a registered voter among those people who take part in the opinion poll.
He further said there was no geographical identification of people who do the opinion poll noting that actual voting will take part in all the 10 provinces of the country.
Mr. Mulusa added that no one has ever won an election with such a margin, adding that it was dangerous for Muvi TV to continue such polls because they were fraud and dangerous to national security.
He said when some political parties lose the January 20 election, they will think results have been rigid and this can bring about violence.
And Forum for Democratic and Development (FDD) vice president Chifumu Banda refused to comment but said such opinion polls were only speculations.
Meanwhile, United National Independence Party (UNIP) said opinion polls were not consistent because the samples do not represent the voter population.
UNIP vice president Njekwa Anamela told ZANIS that no comparisons were made with other media houses adding that they were not done in a professional manner.
Efforts to get seven other contesting political parties failed by press time.
The latest opinion poll indicates that opposition UPND candidate, Mr. Hichilema would win the presidency if elections were conducted today, beating all the ten other candidates contesting in the elections.