LIMA – Pedro Pablo Kuczynski leads Keiko Fujimori in Peru’s presidential runoff by 50.14 percent to 49.85 with more than 95 percent of the ballots counted, the ONPE electoral authority said Tuesday.
The gap between the former economy minister and the daughter of jailed ex-President Alberto Fujimori is only 47,286 votes.
The ONPE said it has counted 73,793 precinct tallies and that 2,244 remain to be processed.
Meanwhile 1,270 tallies – 1.6 percent of the total – were challenged and are under review by special electoral juries.
ONPE head Mariano Cucho said Monday that the remaining percentage corresponds above all to votes coming from abroad and from certain remote areas like the Valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers.
Kuczynski asked this Monday that his compatriots wait until Tuesday to report the results of the elections, though he noted that the results of the count showed him still in the lead over Fujimori.
“We’re almost there, but we’re still missing the votes from abroad,” he said in response to reporters’ questions about whether he was worried about how his lead over his rival was shrinking.
For her part, Keiko Fujimori spent Monday meeting with her advisors, and as she left her campaign headquarters would only say that everyone should stay “calm” and wait for the final results.
Some 23 million Peruvians were eligible to cast ballots on Sunday to select the successor to President Ollanta Humala for the 2016-2021 term.
Fujimori, 41, got 39.85 percent of the votes in the first electoral round on April 10, compared with 21.01 percent for the 77-year-old Kuczynski.
Both candidates are on the right, but Kuczynski has picked up support from centrists and even leftists who have bitter memories of Alberto Fujimori’s 1990-2000 rule, characterized by corruption and human rights abuses.