Thursday, July 7

The US says the elections in Peru are “fair” and a “model of democracy”

The United States supports that Peru’s electoral authorities are taking their time to process and publish the results of the presidential elections, in which a winner has not yet been proclaimed, State Department spokesman Ned Price said Tuesday.

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“We congratulate the Peruvian authorities for safely organizing another round of free, fair, accessible and peaceful elections, even amid the significant challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Price says in a statement. “These recent elections are a model of democracy in the region. We support giving the electoral authorities time to process and publish the results in accordance with Peruvian law.”

The spokesman also said that the US is willing to continue its “important” relationship with Peru once the authorities have confirmed the winning candidate of the elections. “Our two nations share a deep friendship rooted in the same fundamental values. Cooperation between the United States and Peru over the years has served to improve health, living standards, safety, and environmental protections across the country. “.

A winner has not yet been proclaimed because the electoral juries are resolving the requests for annulment and appeals presented mainly by the party of the candidate Keiko Fujimori, the daughter and political heir of former president Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000), who has reported without evidence an electoral fraud.

With full scrutiny, the leftist candidate Pedro Castillo is the virtual president-elect, having surpassed Fujimori by just 44,000 votes, with 50.12% of the preferences compared to 49.87% for the right-wing candidate.

However, Fujimori has requested to annul some 200,000 votes from rural, Andean and poor areas where Castillo has won overwhelmingly, because, according to his perception, there are indications of a systematic fraud committed by his rival at the voting tables, with false signatures among other alleged irregularities.

Until now, no claim has been declared founded by the electoral juries, while the electoral observation missions have ruled out the possibility of fraud by not detecting serious irregularities, such as the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Union of Electoral Organizations ( Uniore).

This has been corroborated by an analysis of the electoral records carried out by the pollster Ipsos, where it has determined that there is no evidence of “systematic fraud” at the polling stations, as suggested by Fujimori.