Western Province Patriotic Front Political Secretary Alfred Miyato says the ruling party will win at least 10 out of the 17 constituencies in the region in the 2016 polls.
Mr Miyato, who is also Luampa District Commissioner, said the PF is gaining ground in the province as there is no strong opposition political party to usurp it after the 2016 general elections.
He said the ruling party is comfortably in control of Sinjembela, Luampa, Mulobezi, Mangango, Nalolo and Kalabo central constituencies in the province.
Mr Miyato said the PF can seize the Lukulu East from the opposition if a right candidate is fielded in the constituency, saying Kaoma central constituency is also in the line as UPND’s Carlos Antonio has become unpopular in the area.
He said there is need for the ruling party to work hard so that it unseats the UPND from Senanga central constituency in the 2016 general elections which is still an opposition stronghold.
Mr Miyato said the only opposition in the province is among PF members themselves, adding that there is need for members to change their mindsets and accept new members that mean well for the growth of the party.
The Western political secretary said it is time for the party to start identifying candidates in all the constituencies who will enable the PF win the 2016 tripartite elections.
He said, as the party prepares for the general elections, there is need for an overhaul by changing all office bearers in the province starting from the constituencies, districts up to the provincial level.
Mr Miyato applauded President Michael Sata for showing political will to develop the province even without the new constitution in place as development is what people want to see taking place in Western province.
He urged members in all districts in the province to ensure that they receive new members to the party with respect and not with mixed feelings because the PF needs the numbers to survive.
Mr Miyato called on his fellow members to emulate and appreciate what other PF members from Luapula, Northern, Lusaka, Copperbelt and Central provinces did by massively supporting the PF prior to the 2011 general elections.
He said people in the province who have been appointed to different government portfolios such as district commissioners are enjoying because of the mammoth efforts and work that was done by others.