Uncertainty peaked in the final of the Peruvian presidential election on Monday: radical left-wing candidate Pedro Castillo took the lead for the first time after counting 94,355% of the vote.
According to data from the Office of National Electoral Procedures, the former teacher led by 39,164 votes (50.11%) with 39,164 votes (50.11%) ahead of 12,100 local time (19:00 Central European Time), and was less than six hours ago. 72,000 votes (ONPE).
After obtaining the first part of 42% of the poll results, Castillo made up for the 6 percentage point lag.
Voices from rural and remote areas of the Amazon rainforest tend to emphasize candidates of rural origin, which allowed him to surpass the daughter of former President Albert Fujimori (1990-2000).
Experts warn that the vote of one million Peruvians living abroad may reverse this trend.
The latter and ONPE once again called for caution. “The results are still uncertain,” analyst Fernando Tusta said on Monday.
The tensions in both camps have reached their peak. Castillo called for “restraint” and urged supporters not to “provoke themselves” and “only the people can save the people.”
So far, no candidates have disputed the results, and if such a tie occurs, it may delay the official announcement.
Observers from the Organization of American States (OAS) have so far supported the work of the Peruvian electoral authorities.
In a country where there is a fine for not voting, 17,803,306 of the 23,262,475 registered voters cast their votes. More than one million ballots were declared invalid, and more than 100 million ballots did not cast any candidates.