The short attendance at urns marked the early hours of elections local and regional peruvianwhere the vote is requiredwhich made many tables electoral they could not be constituted when the appointed members did not appear and voters who lent themselves did not attend.
The scene repeated at numerous points of Lime was that of tables to which the regular members did not attend, so, according to the rules of the Office National of processes electoral (ONPE), must be replaced by the alternates, some of whom were not present either.
When this happens, according to what is established by the ONPE, “the voters who are present make up the table”. However, the scenes of voters who used all kinds of excuses not to stay for the entire election day.
At 10:30 local time, after three hours and a half of election day, the ONPE reported that they were installed 41,988 polling stations nationwide.
Previously, they had reported that it was planned to enable 84,323 voting tables, distributed in 11,299 voting locations.
Castillo promises dialogue
One of the first citizens to attend his appointment with the urns was President Pedro Castillo, who exercised his right in his native district of Tacabambafrom the province of Chotain the northern department of Cajamarca.
After depositing the ballot, he thanked the outgoing mayors and governors “who were at the forefront during the pandemic” of the regions and municipalities and wished that they “finish their mandate and work until the last day for the Peru“.
He assured that he will summon whoever they are chosen in the coming weeks to a meeting to “come together and close” the “gaps at the national level”.
“Today is a democratic party that must have the participation of all Peruvians, because the new authorities will be elected who will assume the responsibility of working for the development of each district, Province Y region of the country,” the president wrote before going to the urns on his Twitter account.
Controversy in Lima
The controversy of the day was lived in the elections of Limewhere the latest polls have shown a very narrow difference between the three favorites: retired general Daniel Urresti, from the right-wing Podemos Peru; the businessman Rafael López Aliaga, of the ultraconservative Renewal Popularand former soccer player George Forsyth, from the center-right Somos Peru.
López Aliaga denounced that the logo of his party on the electoral ballot appeared faded and showed it to the cameras already with his selected option, which provoked the denunciation of the others applicantssince it is not allowed to show the vote.
Urresti, who voted shortly after, denounced to the media that López Aliaga had incurred in a infringement: "I don't know why this man has come out to complain and show his (voting) card."
The third applicant in the running and the last to exercise the vote, Forsyth, critical his opponents for showing or talking about the symbols of their parties and asked for respect for the elections.
Total, 24,760,062 voters are summoned to the polls to elect 13,032 regional and municipal authorities, in an election day that will end at 5:00 p.m. local time.