Keiko Fujimori presents appeals to annul nearly 200,000 second-round votes in Peru

Photo: Luka Gonzalez / AFP.

Photo: Luka Gonzalez / AFP.

The right-wing presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori requested this Wednesday before the electoral court of Peru the nullity of 802 tables nationwide, representing some 200,000 votes.

Fujimori reported this action at a press conference in Lima, after the close ballot on Sunday in which he was outdone by his leftist rival Pedro Castillo.

“Popular Force is presenting today nullity actions of 802 polling stations nationwide, actions that are being presented to the National Elections Jury”, Fujimori said shortly before the most recent report by the electoral body that places her 73,069 votes behind her rival.

Until 8:47 p.m. this Wednesday (9:47 p.m. in Chile) the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) reported that 50.209% of the votes were for Castillo versus 49.791% for the right-wing leader, with 99.073% of the tables accounted for.

The minutes “They represent approximately 200,000 votes, which when these actions for annulment are admitted, must be withdrawn from the national count”Fujimori explained, accompanied by two lawyers to detail the presentation of these actions to the National Elections Jury (JNE), which would have to admit them for these votes to be annulled.

“Additionally, we are monitoring the challenge process, which is 1,200 minutes that we hope will later be counted in the final count of the JNE,” he said.

Thus, the Fuerza Popular candidate explained that if the 200,000 votes of the 802 tables in which requests for annulment were submitted to the 1,200 minutes observed, which represent 300,000 votes, were added, “500,000 votes are still at stake.”

“We believe that it is essential that (the 500,000 votes) be analyzed for the final count that the National Elections Jury has to carry out,” he added, according to the newspaper El Comercio in its online version.

Fujimori on Monday denounced “fraud at the table” by the Peru Libre party, his rival in the elections, Pedro Castillo, who was proclaimed the winner on Tuesday.

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