She had promised that she would honor the results of the June 6 presidential election. However, the day after the vote, seeing victory slip away from her, Keiko Fujimori, a candidate for the right-wing authoritarian populist, launched a legal attack to challenge the results. First, make accusations “systematic fraud” Unfounded, when all observers welcomed the elections without irregularities – shame on the ballot paper. Then, by sending his lawyers to file requests to invalidate some 200,000 votes (mainly for supposed signature fraud), which risks further destabilizing a country weakened by one of the most aggressive and polarizing election campaigns in its history.
Thus, seven days after the poll, Peru still did not have an official winner. Pedro Castillo, the left-wing candidate, has a short lead of 48,000 votes that seems insurmountable at this point. According to investigative media estimates IDL Reporters, 38,700 votes are at stake, Of the 200,000 mentioned by mI Fujimori – Most disputes are no longer acceptable because they have arrived outside the legal deadline. Even if 100% of the contested votes were voided, Pedro Castillo would win.
However, the Electoral College has not officially declared a winner, waiting for the National Elections Arbitration Commission (JNE) to judge the contested votes, especially since Forza Popular’s party, Mr.I Fujimori threatened to appeal. Pedro Castillo, who gave several victory-like speeches last week, has been more cautious recently, urging his supporters not to succumb to provocation and calmly wait for the final count.
But the fraud story created great tensions and had the effect of further dividing the population. On Saturday, June 12, thousands of supporters of Keiko Fujimori gathered in the center of the capital, Lima ‘Defending their voice’ And the Defending democracy. The most important thing is not to give up. exclaim mI Fujimori.
On social media, Fujimori followers launched a hate campaign, inciting their supporters to harass public figures, journalists, artists and politicians who criticize their leader, as instructed #ChapatuCaviar (“Catch your own caviar”, referring to left caviar). Other supporters gathered in front of the grand jury’s house, shouting insults.
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