September 23, 2021

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The keys to defining the tight ballot between Keiko Fujimori and Point Pedro Castillo are coming to Peru with the election records of votes abroad.

(Credit: ONPE)

The Election records began arriving in the country this Tuesday with the votes of Peruvians abroad To proceed Tight study This means that Point Pedro Castillo and Keiko Fujimori are separated by only a tenth of a percentage point.

The counting trend in the line of arrival has taken many directions. The first ballots were in favor of the right-wing candidate from the big city centers, while the left-wing leader took advantage of the votes from the countryside. Now, Fujimori hopes to reduce the distance with the support of Peruvians abroad.

Some of these minutes come from countries with certain voting tables, which have already been calculated by the Electoral Commission because they entered from where they appeared. But still Most of the documents coming in diplomatic bags from countries like Spain and the United States are being loaded this Tuesday.

Keiko Fujimori and Point Pedro Castillo
Keiko Fujimori and Point Pedro Castillo

Nearly one million Peruvians were authorized to vote outside the country, with more than 300,000 voters voting abroad on Sunday, despite a 35% turnout.

In the United States, for example, out of 64% of registered voters, Fujimori won with 78% of the correct vote, but the turnout was much lower than expected by the Fursa celebrity: only 28% of eligible adults voted.

Officials also confirmed an incident related to the North American vote. In the audio, which went viral on the networks, one of the embassy officials expressed his desire to be in favor of Fujimori. For this reason, they transferred the person responsible for changing the documents to ensure impartiality.

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With 95.7% of the total In the ballot papers, Point Pedro Castillo received 50.2% of the correct votes, more than 49.77% of his rivals. Nearly 80 thousand votes. But it counts nearly half of the votes cast abroad Fujimori will add about 50,000 more votes to his rival in this category.

Thus, The distance will be reduced to 30 thousand votes, A small portion of the rural vote is also pending.

Then, the definition More than 1,300 minutes (over 300,000 votes) in the National Electoral Arbitration Council review For various challenges. This is a “normal” number, considering that there were 1,270 competing minutes in the 2016 poll.

If no further observations or objections are recorded, the counting of votes abroad will end this week.

Peruvian vote in Argentina (Reuters)
Peruvian vote in Argentina (Reuters)

No one can say for sure who will win in this placeFernando Dusta, a political scientist at the Pontifical Catholic University in Peru and former head of the ONPE, told the RPP local radio station. Mathematically, Castillo’s distinction can be traced.

Keiko Fujimori expressed his confidence in the foreign vote on Monday: “With this number of minutes, we hope the vote will be equal. He condemned some of the abuses by the representatives of Peru Libre, Without evidence for widespread behavior, indicates potential fraud.

The Election Monitoring Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS), shortly before Fujimori’s complaint, endorsed ONPE’s work, saying “voting was conducted according to official procedures.”

The vote is far from over to end the political upheavals of the past five years, which led to Peru having four presidents from 2018, three of whom will be in five days in November 2020.

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In Peru, a partial map of the vote showed a country split in two. Castillo dominated the impoverished countryside of the Andes and much of the Amazon. For his part, Fujimori was the candidate of the business elite, dominating the capital, taking up almost a third of the population and other cities along the Pacific coast.

Cities hard hit by the Shining Bath terror during the 1980-2000 Civil War, nearly 70,000 killed, voted for Castillo. This was a bad outcome for Fujimori, who during the campaign accused the professor of having links with the criminal group, but did not present evidence.

Areas seeking to expand plans to extract international capital miners also voted almost to the left. The teacher received 87% of the vote in the country’s poorest district of Uzbekistan, while Fujimori received 88% of the vote in the rich district of San Isitro.

The new president will take office on July 28 in a country with the highest mortality rate in the world due to the epidemic, with more than 186,000 of the 33 million people dead.

(With information from AP, EFE, AFP)

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