The outcome of Peru’s presidential election hangs at stake after right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori accused her opponent’s party of fraud, and called for 200,000 votes to be declared invalid and 300,000 to be examined.
If her request is upheld, the election will likely swing in her favour, snatching victory from the hands of her left-wing rival Pedro Castillo. This, in turn, will surely lead to massive street protests by his supporters.
At a press conference on Wednesday evening, Fujimori Her lawyers said they found evidence of forged signatures on more than 500 ballot papers and a host of other irregularities, which they blamed on the Castillo party, a free Peru.
“There are still 500,000 votes in play here, and half a million votes nationally, and we think it is essential that they be analyzed before the final count,” Fujimori said. “There is clear evidence of a systematic intent on the part of free Peru to undermine the popular will.”
Miguel Torres, Fujimori’s lawyer, said her Popular Power party “will not give up” and that it will “fight until the final vote.” “A lot of Peruvians feel their voices are being stolen, and we can’t allow that,” he said.
The charges, which will be brought to the electoral court of Peru, came as authorities completed the counting of votes from last Sunday’s elections, which passed peacefully and without major incidents. Show results Castillo won 50.2 percent to Fujimori’s 49.8, by just 72,000 votes. The only numbers left for the census are a few that have already been called into question.
Fujimori’s fraud allegations are likely to heighten tensions beyond what has already been bitter campaign Between contenders from opposite ends of the political spectrum. Castillo is a left-wing former elementary school teacher from a poor rural community in the northern Andes, while Fujimori, who made her third bid for the presidency, is from the Lima political establishment, and is the daughter of the country’s former authoritarian leader Alberto Fujimori.
Castillo wants to turn Peru’s economic model on its head, saying it has failed the poor, while Fujimori largely defends it.
Financial markets are anxiously awaiting the end result. Currency, sol, plus stocks and bonds in its Peru It all fell out in the last few weeks In anticipation of a Castillo victory, some wealthy Peruvians scramble to move their money out of the country.
when Preliminary results came Supporters of both candidates took to the streets on Sunday night to celebrate what they claimed was a victory and accused their opponents of trying to steal the vote. And some small skirmishes took place in the capital, Lima. But since then, Castillo and Fujimori have both called for calm and urged camp to wait patiently for the end result.
Within minutes of Fujimori’s press conference on Wednesday, Castillo issued another appeasement message to his supporters.
“Let us not fall for the provocations of those who want to see this country in disarray,” he said Wrote on Twitter.