Pedro Castillo has a good head over Keiko Fujimori after what one expert says is “one of the tightest elections in the country.”
Peruvians are still waiting for the final results of theirs presidential election of the country, as left-wing union leader Pedro Castillo retains an advantage until right-wing Keiko Fujimori days after the deeply polarized vote.
With 99.8 percent of the vote counted Wednesday afternoon, Castillo had a support of 50.19 percent compared to Fujimori’s 49.8 percent.
Sunday’s landslide comes amid years of political instability in Peru, which is also struggling to cope with growth. COVID-19 infections and death and an economic recession linked to the pandemic.
Castillo won by more than 67,000 of the 17.4 million valid votes counted, but with the votes still being counted and the polls challenged by both parties, it could take days for a final official result to be announced.
U the account is slowed down since the ballots are sent from abroad, and arrive in the capital, Lima, from the more remote rural areas of Peru – a bastion of support to Castillo.
Fujimori, the daughter of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, has raised unsubstantiated allegations that Castillo supporters have tried to steal votes and his team has signaled plans to raise a legal challenge to the outcome.
Castillo’s party has strongly denied the claims and election observers, including the ONPE election organization and the Organization of American States, have said the vote was done neatly.
On Wednesday, the Peruvian army also pledged to make a statement to “respect the will of the people expressed at the ballot box,” as they called it circulating on social media so that the armed forces would prevent Castillo from taking power. .
“In Peru, as in any democracy, electoral results must be respected,” said Jose Miguel Vivanco, executive director of the American division of Human Rights Watch. he tweeted Wednesday evening.
Vivanco said any accusation of fraud must be supported by “serious evidence,” while international human rights law requires that “every vote be counted and respected.”
Hundreds of voters from both sides took to the streets to protest their candidacy, mostly peacefully and at times with musicians and dancers.
Both candidates had agreed before respecting the result of the vote.
The winner will assume an economy that has been beaten by COVID-19 and the world the highest percentage of coronavirus deaths per capita. Two million Peruvians lost their jobs during the pandemic and nearly a third now live in poverty, official figures show.
“It is unlikely that at this point Fujimori will overtake Castillo,” David Sulmont, a professor of sociology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and former head of his voting unit, told Reuters news agency.
“It’s one of the tightest elections in the country,” he added. “The margin may change, but I think Castillo will be the winner.”
Castillo said Wednesday that party observers considered his triumph as a done deal.
“On behalf of the Peruvian people,” he thanked “embassies and governments of Latin America and other countries” for messages of happiness for their “victory.”
No government has officially acknowledged a Castillo victory, although former Bolivian President Evo Morales has sent a message of “congratulations on this victory.”