THE popularity of the Patriotic Front (PF) on the Copperbelt has remained as strong and the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) will never dominate the region because of the confidence the people have in President Edgar Lungu, Esther Banda has said.

Ms Banda who is PF national women’s chairperson said the UPND was only fantasizing its popularity on the Copperbelt and that the results of the 11th August general elections were going to shock the opposition political party.

Ms Banda who is Chililabombwe PF Member of Parliament said Copperbelt had remained a stronghold for the ruling party because of the successes recorded in the region under President Lungu. She said reports about squabbles and divisions in the PF on the Copperbelt were unfounded because the ruling party was more united than ever and that many Zambians were being attracted by the kind of leadership President Lungu was providing.

Ms Banda said the perceived divisions on the Copperbelt were as a result of the overwhelming number of aspiring candidates jostling to participate in the general election on the PF ticket.

“If there is any election the PF is going to win with ease is the 11th August general elections. The popularity of the PF has tremendously increased on the Copperbelt and we are very comfortable and we are certain of winning with a landslide. We have heard about the UPND boasting that they have taken over the Copperbelt but I can tell you that they are not anywhere near their own claims. They will be shocked by the results of the general elections in August and that will mark the end of the UPND,” Ms Banda said.

She said the 50 percent plus 1 clause had given the ruling party an advantage and predicted that the PF was going to win the elections at the first count of the vote.

Ms Banda said President Edgar Lungu was the best presidential candidates among all the contenders and would be the easiest to sell because of what he had managed to achieve in the one year he had been in State House.

She said as PF women’s national chairperson, she was confident that the Zambian women were going to vote for the ruling party because of the benefits they had gained under President Lungu.

Ms Banda said she was expecting the best vote from women across the country, adding her tour of duty in the Northen, Luapula and Muchinga had revealed that the ruling party was headed for yet another victory.

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