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Maximum uncertainty ahead of Peru's April elections

Bnamericas Published: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Maximum uncertainty ahead of Peru's April elections

The disqualification of two presidential candidates just one month prior to the general elections in Perú has sparked uncertainty for the electorate, as well as for the remaining candidates.

The elections will be held April 10.

The national elections jury (JNE) ruled unanimously on Wednesday that APP candidate Cesar Acuña can no longer run for president due to accusations of handing out donations in a public market last month. Even more controversially, JNE also excluded Todos Por el Perú (TPP) candidate Julio Guzmán in a 3:2 vote for breaches of internal party rules.

A mission of election observers from the Organization of American States (OAS) expressed in a release "their concerns over the time limit allowed by the law to disqualify a candidacy."

Guzmán was running second in the polls and his exclusion seems to have mostly benefitted Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of the PKK party, who is now second in the polls behind Fuerza Popular's Keiko Fujimori (pictured).

Fujimori is leading the race with 34% against 14% for Kuczynski, according to a poll by Datum quoted by local paper El Comercio.

Before Guzmán's exit, Fujimori was ahead with 34.6%, followed by Guzmán and Kuczynski with 16.6% and 6.9%, respectively.

Fujimori's bid for the presidency is now also at risk, as she is accused of handing out donations exceeding the legal limit, according to paper Peru21.

A rally was organized for Friday in the capital Lima to demand Fujimori's exclusion from the election.

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