Presidential in Peru: UN calls for “calm” pending results
According to the latest official tally, the candidate of the radical left is ahead of the candidate of the populist right by only 49,000 votes.
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The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, called on Monday June 14 to “calm to avoid new social divides” in Peru where the final result of the second round of the presidential election of June 6 is still not known.
Eight days after the poll, the National Election Jury (JNE) continued its examination of the appeals lodged following the presidential election between Pedro Castillo (radical left) and Keiko Fujimori (populist right). According to the last official count covering 99.93% of the ballots, the two candidates are separated by only 49,000 votes in favor of Pedro Castillo, or 50.14% for the candidate of the left and 49.86% for his opponent.
Keiko Fujimori, who is in the crosshairs of justice for a corruption case, disputes this advance and in particular asked on Wednesday the invalidation of several tens of thousands of ballots. No date has yet been given for the announcement of the final results and the electoral authority is under pressure from supporters of the two candidates who demonstrate daily in front of its premises in central Lima.
The Organization of American States (OAS) election observation mission said on Friday that it had not reported “serious irregularities” in the presidential election in Peru which she described as “positive”. “I am concerned to see how what should be a celebration of democracy is becoming a hotbed of division that is creating an ever-deepening divide within Peruvian society.”, said Michelle Bachelet in a press release.