The president of Peru, Francisco Sagasti, rejected this Friday the request of the right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori to request a international audit on the presidential ballot on June 6, and argued that acceding to that request would violate his “neutrality” in the electoral process.
Fujimori insists with his complaint of an alleged “fraud” since the day after the elections, when his left-wing rival Pedro Castillo went on to lead the scrutiny. That is why he presented challenges to annul entire voting tables before the electoral jury, which must resolve these requests before proclaiming the winner.
“By virtue of principle of neutrality that every State institution must respect and with the general elections process underway, it is not legally possible to meet the request made, “wrote the Minister of Justice, Eduardo Vega, in the letter of response to the request presented by Fujimori on Monday in the government palace.
Likewise, the official pointed out that the possible irregularities referred to in his letter “must be addressed by the National Elections Jury, which has been evaluating and resolving the challenges and requests for nullity (of votes) made by the political groups.”
Fujimori, who asked for an audit “as it was carried out in Bolivia” after the questioned 2019 elections, turned to social networks to criticize the centrist interim president, Francisco Sagasti, after the official refusal.
“President Francisco Sagasti he has abdicated his great responsibility to guarantee fair elections under equal conditions, “tweeted the daughter of imprisoned former president Alberto Fujimori, who will have to go to trial for money laundering in case of losing these elections.
In advance, it seemed unlikely that the government would agree to Fujimori’s request, since electoral observers from the Organization of American States (OAS) said that the Peruvian elections were clean and without “serious irregularities”.
The United States also declared that they were “free, fair, accessible and peaceful elections”, which constituted a “model of democracy in the region.”
The electoral body (ONPE) count, which reached 100% two weeks ago, gave Castillo 50.12% of the votes against 49.87% for Fujimori, an advantage of just 44,000 votes.
But the final word must be given by the electoral jury, which has no peremptory deadline to proclaim the winner.
With information from AFP