For the fourth time since the run-off election between communist Pedro Castillo and conservative Keiko Fujimori was held, Peruvians living in Miami rallied to demand an audit of what they denounce as electoral fraud.
Under the auspicious name of “La Marcha del Millón” (La marca del millón) dozens of Peruvians gathered at SoundScape Park in Miami Beach, with banners that read “No to electoral fraud” or “Respect my vote”, and dressed in t-shirts of their country’s national team.
“There is solid evidence of electoral fraud, we are talking about practically half a million votes,” Lucy Brigman-Caceres, one of the organizers of the rally, held the same day Peru played a key match against Ecuador in the Copa America 2021, told EFE.
“We are talking about a shameful massive fraud, that’s why we want the JNE to show us the electoral rolls,” the Peruvian claimed.
She asserts that the rallies held in Miami, as in other cities, do not have to do with supporting a candidate but with avoiding a “communist government” in the Andean country.
“It’s not possible that a winner is declared without the votes having been counted”, said Alfredo Kulisic, another participant in today’s rally, in reference to the 100% results of the scrutiny, and which gives Castillo the winner by only 44,058 votes, in a close vote where he obtained 50.12% of the valid votes.
Kulisic is asking for an audit, as is her compatriot Ayelen Cremer Hanscombe, a resident of Wilton Manors, northwest of Miami, who said she cannot sit at home “knowing that someone is going to come and rob us just like that.”
The protesters allege cases of votes made by minors or people who have died.
The rally takes place on the same day that Peru’s National Jury of Elections (JNE) began to reject claims of alleged electoral fraud made by Keiko Fujimori to annul thousands of votes.
The plenary of the JNE, Peru’s highest electoral body, reviewed in second and final instance the first ten appeals presented by Fujimori after all her claims had been declared unfounded in the first place by lower juries for lacking convincing evidence or for not having been presented on time.