The Organization of American States Election Observation Mission says the vote was a “positive election process” and that “serious irregularities” were not detected.
Peru’s presidential election leader Pedro Castillo was on the verge of winning, despite legal disputes over the very close vote count that had ignited tensions in the Andean nation.
“We call on the Peruvian people to stay alert,” Castillo told supporters Friday night amid last-minute legal disputes over the reduced vote count.
According to local media, election authorities had considered changing the rules to allow right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori to challenge the validity of some 200,000 votes, but eventually refused to make the changes in the afternoon, following intense pressure from the Castle field.
In a push for Castillo and a hard blow in Fujimori, the Organization of American States Election Observation Mission said the vote was a “positive electoral process” in which no “serious irregularities” were detected. .
“The mission has not detected any serious irregularities,” said the preliminary report of the group led by former Paraguayan Foreign Minister Ruben Ramirez.
Castillo is ahead of Fujimori by just 60,000 votes with 99.6% of the vote counted.
Castillo, an elementary school teacher who aroused the support of the poorest and most rural Peruvians, had expressed concern about the opposition’s plans to annul votes in underserved areas where he had majority support and called for clarity in the electorate on the process.
The comments underscored the rising tensions in the copper-rich nation that has been stuck since last Sunday’s vote.
Castillo has 50.2 percent of the ballots, ahead of Fujimori, who has won unjustified allegations of fraud.
“Choice of knife tip”
The Peruvian election jury made no comment during the day on media reports that said it was considering changing the rules.
Vladimir Cerron, leader of Castillo’s Free Peru party, was even more strident and said on Twitter that “people must stand up” in defense of the vote. I had before he won Castillo’s victory in the knife-tipped elections.
The country’s electoral authority has not yet confirmed its winner, but most observers and some left-wing regional leaders, including Argentina and Bolivia, have congratulated Castillo as the winner, sparking protests from the Peruvian government. .
“Several presidents of the world congratulate Pedro Castillo on his victory, that is, he has strong international legitimacy,” Cerron wrote.
Fujimori has not yet granted the election and his supporters have called for protests against the result.
Daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori, she has doubled charges of fraud without evidence and members of her party have said they will not grant until all votes and appeals are counted, which could still take days.
Castillo himself has also stopped being proclaimed the winner.
Elections have bitterly divided Peruvians between class lines, with higher-income citizens supporting Fujimori, while many low-income Peruvians supported Castillo, including the country’s major mining regions, the world’s largest copper producer. .
Castillo was not a member of the Free Peru party before the presidency. It is still unclear whether he would adopt his far-left stance for the economy if he were in power.
In recent days he has recruited Pedro Francke, a moderate left-wing economist as an adviser.