Pedro Castillo estimated Tuesday evening at the headquarters of his party, Peru Libre, in central Lima, that his observers at the polling stations consider his victory acquired.
He urged his troops not to give in to provocations and thanked “in the name of the Peruvian people” the messages received from the “embassies and governments of Latin America and other countries” to congratulate him on his “victory”.
“We will be a government respectful of democracy, of the current Constitution and we will form a government with (an ambition) of financial and economic stability,” said Pedro Castillo from a balcony in front of hundreds of supporters.
At 9 a.m. local time on Wednesday, Pedro Castillo was credited with 50.206% and his populist right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori with 49.794% of the vote, according to the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE).
As in the last three presidential elections in Peru, almost as close as the current one, the official announcement of the result is delayed by the need to count all the ballots. However, many attendance sheets from voting centers in remote areas of the Amazon jungle, or those of the million voters who voted abroad, take several days to reach the ONPE.
Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of former president Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000), won two-thirds of these votes from Peruvians living in Japan, the United States or even Spain, but “making up the difference is going to be very difficult. , there must be more votes to count in Peru than abroad, ”said analyst Hugo Otero.
Especially since the votes of the campaigns are favorable to the candidate of provincial origins, teacher in a rural school in the north of the country for 24 years.
“I think Castillo will win but we have to wait for the ONPE to declare the official result,” said Hugo Otero.
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