PATRIOTIC Front (PF) president Edgar Lungu will win the January 20 presidential election by 60 percent because of the combined popularity of late president Michael Sata and the sudden surge of acceptance he (Lungu) has received across the country, a researcher has presidcted.
Mumba Mwewa, a researcher at the Independent Citizens Development Monitoring Group said the economic infrastructure development under late president Sata had given impetus to Mr Lungu who had been roundly accepted to succeed the former president.
Mr Mwewa has claimed that Mr Lungu was poised to sweep the election in six provinces and has given the United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema two provinces, with the two close contenders sharing the other two provinces.
Mr Mwewa predicted that Mr Lungu was likely to win the presidential election with landslide at 60 percent and placed Mr Hichilema at 30 percent with the rest of the political parties sharing the last 10 percent.
He claimed that while Mr Lungu was perceived as a humble and listening leader who was appealing to all groups and classes of people, the UPND leader was only appealing to the elite and literate.
He claimed that Mr Lungu would be able to sweep Copperbelt, Luapula, Northern, Muchinga, Eastern and Lusaka while Mr Hichilema would only win in Southern and Western Provinces while North Western and Central provinces will be shared.
Mr Mwewa said the PF and Mr Lungu had gained some popularity in Western Province although the region was predominantly UPND because of the new trust the PF president had garnered through his promise to fulfill the pledge of restoring the 1964 Barotseland Agreement.
He said the chances of Mr Lungu having a fair share of votes in Western province have been anchored on the hope that Zambia was poised to have the first female vice-president in the name of Ingonge Wina who is PF national chairperson.
He explained that the UPND would have its votes reduced in Western Province because of the construction of the Mongu-Kalabo road currently under construction, predicting that North Western Province would give Mr Lungu a 50 percent vote because the ruling party has urbanized the region.