Ballot in Peru: Keiko Fujimori says now that he will acknowledge his defeat in the elections

Peruvian right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori announced this Monday that it will recognize the results of the presidential ballot that he faced it on June 6 with the leftist Pedro Castillo and that will be proclaimed in the next few hours by the National Elections Jury (JNE).

“Today I announce that fulfilling my commitments assumed with all Peruvians … I will recognize the results, because it is what the law and the Constitution mandate that I have sworn to uphold, “Fujimori said during a presentation to the press.

The candidate remarked that she will accept the official proclamation despite the fact that, in her opinion, this is “illegitimate” because they have “discovered something that is already unobjectionable: Peru Libre (Castillo’s party) has stolen thousands of votes from us on election day.”

Fujimori offered this statement shortly after JNE confirmed that this week he will proclaim and will deliver credentials to the next president of Peru, who according to the official count will be Castillo after winning by just over 44,000 votes difference.

After six weeks of tense waiting, the updated scrutiny of 100% of the minutes of the electoral body (ONPE) gives the victory to Castillo with 50.12% of the votes compared to 49.87% of the right-wing Keiko Fujimori.

The latter, however, refuses to acknowledge its defeat and denounces a alleged “fraud” despite the fact that OAS observers affirmed that the vote was fair.

No fraud

“After the Plenary of the JNE unanimously declared the inadmissibility of the 5 [últimas] appeals filed by the political party [fujimorista] Popular Force […], will proceed to the preparation of the act of proclamation of general results, “said the agency on its Twitter account.

“In the same way, the JNE will proceed to the immediate organization of the credentialing ceremony to the presidential formula [ganadora] that corresponds. This ceremony will be scheduled for this week, “he added, without specifying a date.

Castillo got 44,263 more votes that his adversary, according to the updated scrutiny of the ONPE, but the JNE – of four members – has the last word.

Fujimori, who should go to trial for alleged money laundering if he does not win the presidency, He presented numerous objections to votes and appeals to delay the proclamation of the winner, while his supporters demanded in the streets to annul the ballot and call new elections.

After a five-year period of political upheaval that led Peru to have three presidents in five days in November 2020, the country has lived under tension since the ballot due to the delay in being officially known the winner and the denunciations of Fujimori, who did not provide conclusive evidence about the alleged fraud.

The new president must take office on July 28, the day on which the mandate of interim president Francisco Sagasti expires and on which Peru commemorates the bicentennial of its independence.

It is the first time in decades that the proclamation will take place a few days after the change of command. Usually the name of the new president was announced by the JNE about four weeks before.

Source: AFP and EFE

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