(CNN Espasol) – The ONPE (National Office for Electoral Processing) said in a recent statement that Peruvian presidential candidate Point Pedro Castillo is outperforming right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimoui by a narrow margin.
With 94% of the records processed and 92% of the vote counted, Castillo received 50.07% of the vote and Fujimori 49.92%.
The turnout was 77%.
Pre-poll polls showed that Fujimori, the daughter of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, had a higher proportion of the vote intended than among urban voters. Meanwhile, Castillo, a high school teacher who has never been in public office, maintained a strong appeal among rural voters.
In the last presidential election in 2016, Fujimori received 49.9% of the vote from former President Pablo Pablo Kuczynski and 50.1% of Kuczynski’s votes.
Peruvian voters cast ballots at a time of serious political instability. Interim President Francisco Sagasti became the country’s fourth president five years after Congress voted to oust former president Martin Viscar and replace Viscar’s replacement, Manuel Merino.
Peruvians are very concerned about how the country will recover from the epidemic that has exacerbated GDP (gross domestic product) and the persistent widespread inequality that has led to a decline in average poverty rates in the United States. For the past decades. Both candidates have proposed reforms related to the major mining sector, but Fujimori has relied on the government’s benefit packages to attract voters, while Castillo has proposed structural changes in the economy.
Fujimori has pledged massive spending to help each Peruvian family who lost one person to COVID-19 recover 10,000 feet ($ 2,600 million), and 10,000 million feet ($ 2,600 million) in small business loans. His promises are to provide free water to communities without major voting networks and to provide two million property titles.
Castillo, meanwhile, promised to cancel major mining projects in the Congo and Dingo Maria, reform the retirement system, expand public universities, and create a Ministry of Science and Technology to boost industrialization.
“By re-negotiating deals with big companies, we are going to recoup the wealth with the mining companies that are taking over the country’s wealth,” he said. “In such a rich country how is it possible that there is so much suffering, so much inequality and profit only for adults, even people who have never worked?”