WORLD Peruvians await results of close presidential runoff race

WORLD

Peruvians await results of close presidential runoff race

Xinhua

08:50, June 08, 2021

LIMA, June 7 (Xinhua) -- Peruvians on Monday anxiously awaited the definitive results of Sunday's close presidential runoff between candidates Pedro Castillo, of the Free Peru (PL) party, and Keiko Fujimori, of the Popular Force (FP) party.

With 94.2 percent of the ballots tabulated as of 11:48 a.m. local time Monday, Castillo had won 8,418,299 votes (50.10 percent) and Fujimori had garnered 8,384,107 votes (49.89 percent), a difference of only 34,192 votes, according to the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE).

Presidential candidate Pedro Castillo celebrates partial election results with supporters at his campaign headquarters in Lima, Peru, Monday, June 7, 2021, the day after the runoff election. (Photo: AP)

From their respective campaign headquarters, each of the candidates called on their supporters to remain calm and respect the final decision.

Fujimori, the 46-year-old daughter of ex-president Alberto Fujimori, pledged to abide by the will of the people.

Presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori waves at supporters after casting her vote in Lima, Peru, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (Photo: AP)

Castillo, a 51-year-old rural teacher and activist, also urged his followers to respect the results whatever the outcome.

The ONPE has said the final result will be decided by votes cast abroad and votes cast in rural areas, both of which have yet to be counted.

Presidential candidate Pedro Castillo looks out over supporters from the balcony of his campaign headquarters as they celebrate partial results in Lima, Peru, Monday, June 7, 2021, the day after the runoff election. (Photo: AP)

More than 25.2 million Peruvians went to the polls Sunday to elect the successor to current President Francisco Sagasti for the 2021-2026 term.

The head of the ONPE, Piero Corvetto, said 77.92 percent of eligible voters participated in the elections.

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