Peruvians vote for president and congress today


Nearly 20 million Peruvians will vote today for a new president, 130 congress members and 15 representatives to the Andean Parliament (a monitoring body for the Andean Community).

The presidential race has dominated the news with Ollanta Humala, a left wing candidate who is the favourite of poorer rural people, the front runner. Behind him there is a close contest between Keiko Fujimori (daughter of ex president Alberto Fujimori), Alejandro Toledo (an ex president) and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (an ex Prime Minister). Luis CastaƱeda (an ex mayor of Lima) does not appear to be in the race.

None of the candidates are expected to get 50% of the vote which means that there will be a second round runoff on 5th June between the top two from the first round.

The election is conducted by the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) who are running 4,753 polling centres nationwide. Polling centres are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time and voting is compulsory.

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