Pedro Castillo, Peru’s Liber candidate, declared himself the winner of the presidential election on Tuesday night. “We will be a government that respects democracy and the current constitution, and we will create a government that has financial and economic stability,” Castillo told his followers in Lima.
The candidate was ahead of Electoral Office officials, who had not yet reached 100% of the vote and who are currently counting the votes of Peruvians abroad and isolated rural localities, in the Andes and Amazon. sAccording to the official count, which is currently 99.39%, Castillo leads the vote with 50.24% compared to 49.75% for Keiko Fujimori. 84,000 meager votes separate the two.
Castillo called on the organs of the Peruvian electoral system to “respect the will of the Peruvian people” because the report of his observers, at the end of the vote counting, asserts that “the people have won in this feat.” He urged his followers not to fall into any provocation.
“There are certain scams like a rising dollar, which is going to go up a few more points tomorrow, and the cost of bread and chicken and a family basket. It’s a lie, what happens is that there’s some uncertainty that people don’t believe for much longer. That’s why I have to tell you that I just had conversations with a community National business where he shows his support for the people.”
The teacher and former union leader also said he had held meetings with representatives of the Peruvian business community, who showed him their support, reassuring them that he would have “a government that is financially and economically stable”.
Similarly, Castillo added that he received compliments from “some Latin American embassies and governments” for the positive election result.
So far, there are only 523 minutes left, which is the majority of Peruvians’ votes abroad.
Contrary to the allegation of alleged fraud filed by Fujimori on Monday without reasons, in which he noted that there are more than a thousand disputed records, ONPE noted in its report that only 454 records with claims to be assessed must be admitted in the count.
They are investigating the Peruvian consul in the United States
On the other hand, the State Department reported that it had opened a preliminary investigation against the Consul General of Peru in Hartford (US), after a leaked audio recording of him saying that he hoped Keiko Fujimori would win in the minutes by moving to Lyme.
As reported yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs adopted the immediate decision to hand over the custody of 56 minutes in sealed envelopes belonging to the authority of the Consulate General of Peru in Hartford to the Consul General attached to the aforementioned office, in order to transfer them to Lima and hand them over to the United Nations Children’s Fund.
Fujimori the day before denounced alleged “systematic fraud” in Sunday’s election for what appeared to be irregularities in Castillo’s favour, but that version was rejected on Tuesday by the electoral bodies and election observation missions that oversaw the vote.
This Tuesday, observers ruled out electoral fraud as alleged by Keiko Fujimori. According to the president of the Civic Transparency Association, Adriana Urrutia, in Peru there is no evidence or any indication of “systematic fraud” in the second round of the presidential election, and there have only been “a few isolated cases” of incidents actually taking place.
The counting has continued very slowly since the end of the election and is expected to continue throughout Wednesday, although that will not mean there is a definitive winner, as the electoral court will be responsible for settling discrepancies that arise at the voting tables. If a record is challenged, the jury will have one day to provide its answer in that regard. And in the latter case, if there is no agreement, there is a possibility to appeal to the National Election Arbitration Committee, which will have 7 days to respond.
Thus, the person in charge of the organization, who is responsible for ensuring the proper functioning of institutions and democracy in the country, faced a “baseless” complaint issued on Monday by presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori, who asserted that there was “systematic fraud” in last Sunday’s vote.
“There is a clear intention to boycott the popular will,” Fujimori, who is losing in the vote count against his rival Pedro Castillo, told a news conference.
“There is no fraud. There are only individual cases that merit investigation,” said the political expert, noting that in addition to the lack of support provided by Fujimori’s complaint, there is evidence collected by more than 1,400 volunteers from the organization who noted that “the voting took place in the situation Absolute natural.
Thus, he insisted: “We have no evidence in our reports that it is possible to speak of a systematic fraud.”
In this sense, the President of Transparencia indicated that it was up to Fujimori Forza Popular “to explain why it used the word fraud” in its complaint, and reiterated the demand that it not be used incorrectly in this electoral context.” There is no evidence of its existence and it is time to trust the work of the authorities and the electoral process and respect for voting.
“In an already polarized voting process, saying that fraud is causing concern. You just have to wait for the results calmly and calmly,” he added.
Urrutia also noted that, looking at those issued by the candidate, where more than 1,300 electoral records were monitored, the fact is that there are only 485, as can be seen freely on the page of the National Office for Electoral Operations (ONPE).
The political expert believes that reporting “fraud” leads only to “a distrust of the electoral authorities, in the process itself, and thus leads to a lack of confidence in the results and reduces the legitimacy of the elected representative.”
(Information from EFE)