Monday, April 17, 2006

Peru Election: two more weeks permanent link   0 comments
Latest results as of 7.40pm, Monday, 90.49 % of counted votes:

Ollanta Humala: 30.86%
Alan Garcia: 24.34%
Lourdes Flores: 23.55%


Alan Garcia's leads Lourdes Flores by 89,969 votes (0,79%).

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latest news:

In an interview with Radio RPP, Alan Garcia asked his followers and supporters to maintain serenity, composure and to remain calm even though the margin of votes between him and Lourdes Flores grew slimmer.
He indicated that according to his own calculations of 91.47% of counted votes, a number that will probably be reached later tonight, the distance will continue to shrink. Nevertheless, he assured that by Tuesday morning it will start to increase again.
He pointed out that his strategy for the secound round will be to send a clear, ample message that will not exclude anyone and refrain from attacking his opponent because he considers this a negative way to do politics. Any speculation in regard to possible alliances with other parties are premature and should wait until all votes are counted.
As far as the ratification of the recently signed Free-Trade agreement between the USA and Peru is concerned, he suggested a calm approach as well, since it is possible that the Bush administration is also waiting for the results of the second electoral round.
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Magdalena Chu, head of ONPE, said last night that they have 'practically' received 100% of local peruvian tallies. They are still waiting for foreign tallies to arrive, mainly due to worldwide mail carrier DHL not working on Easter holidays.
In addition, the National Election Boards 'JEE'and 'JNE' will have to resolve all outstanding issues. The final official result may not be known until the end of April. The second round will probably be held on the last Sunday of May or first Sunday of June. She noted that the second round "will be a simpler process because there will be only two candidates".

Ollanta Humala again denied that he is an admirer of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and that there is no common political project to support this allegation.
He also defended the validity of his attempted coup in 2000, when the regime of Alberto Fujimori fell in misfortune. "I never wanted to arrive at the "Palacion de Gobierno", he indicated and assured that his armed revolt was to defend the democratic system, then in crisis.
In a strong language he discarded to be the "candidate of the Armed Forces", and preferred not to respond to the question if Peru, in a possible Humala government, would support UN resolutions against Cuba in regard to human rights violations. "This is something that we will have to touch with gloves", he added.
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side note: fellow blogger Simon noticed that
Interestingly, 137 Peruvians in New Zealand voted (for Peruvians, voting is compulsory). There were 112 in Auckland and 25 in Wellington. Overall, Lourdes Flores received 76 percent of the valid votes. However, in Wellington 17 out of 20 valid votes (85 percent) were cast for Lourdes, and no one at all supported rabble-rouser Humala. Who said Aucklanders were more right wing?
I guess from now on we can call Señora Flores Nano the "Lourdes of the Rings"...


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