Zambia

Poll suggest Banda leads presidential race


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Two recent polls suggest that President Rupiah Banda of the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) is in the lead for the presidential election due to take place on 20th September.

A poll by the Centre for Policy Dialogue puts Banda on 41% with main opposition leader Michael Sata of the Patriotic Front (PF) on 37%. A May poll by the same organisation put Sata on 31% and Banda on 28%, with third party leader Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) on 12%.

Another poll conducted late last month by Synovate Research Reinvented put Sata on 37%, Banda on 42% and Hichilema on 15%.

Very little is known about the pollsters in these surveys and therefore we cannot verify their accuracy. However, the latter two polls are sufficiently close to suggest that the election is going to be a close finish between Rupiah Banda and Michael Sata.

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