Peru’s presidential election remain undecided amidst allegations of fraud, irregularities and challenges that could reverse the results. Communist Pedro Castillo, who is in the lead according to the official count, could lose the advantage because of over 200,000 votes that remain in the air and awaiting the pronouncement of the electoral court (Jurado Nacional de Elecciones – JNE).
As the days go by, controversy and uncertainty grow, especially after evidence of serious irregularities committed mainly by members of the communist party Perú Libre, which represents Pedro Castillo, became known.
According to the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE), Castillo has 50.20% of valid votes, while Keiko Fujimori has 49.79%. A situation that could change in the next few days, since the difference between both candidates is only 71,000 votes.
The communist party Perú Libre also challenged the votes in which Keiko Fujimori had a large majority. According to Polo, these are “unfounded challenges”.
The National Jury of Elections, which announced 20 public and televised hearings in which many votes in favor of Fujimori have already begun to be challenged, is reviewing 1,200 observed votes with impugnations. However, the votes that are declared valid by the JNE will be added to whoever corresponds.
It is not clear how soon the results of these challenges will be announced. According to experts in electoral matters, they assure that the process that will define who will be the next president of Peru will not take more than three weeks.