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Delay in vote counting spurs fears of irregularities in local elections.

More than a week after Peruvians went to the polls in regional and municipal elections on Oct. 3 in a vote marked by political newcomers, accusations of fraud have surfaced as vote counters failed to declare winners.

The mayoral race in Lima, one of the most hotly contested, remains with close to three-quarters of the votes counted, with Susana Villarán, a former presidential candidate of the left-leaning Social Force party, with a 1 percentage-point lead over three-time presidential candidate, Lourdes Flores Nano, of the conservative Popular Christian Party – a difference of just 37,000m votes.

But the National Electoral Processes Office, or ONPE, is still reviewing ballots corresponding to 1.6 million Lima voters, and the lack of a final outcome has sparked fears of fraud, especially since most of the ballots cited for recount – mathematical errors, or failure to verify finger prints or signatures – are from areas where Villarán apparently won by a broad margin: the poorest areas in the capital.

ONPE and the electoral board have promised a transparent process.

In races for regional presidencies, eight departments will go to a second round since candidates failed to capture more than 30 percent of the valid votes. Most of the first-round winners are from independent, regional movements.

According to Fernando Tuesta, director of the Public Opinion Institute of the Pontificate Catholic University of Peru and former ONPE chief, the results show “most of the voters are independent with little interest in politics.”

More than 200 political parties participated in the vote for 25 regional presidencies, 195 provincial heads and close to 1,640 municipal mayors.

The vote is a prelude to the presidential elections in April of next year. Polls show frontrunners as former President Alejandro Toledo, who governed from 2001 to 2006, outgoing Lima Mayor Luis Castañeda, Ollanta Humala, a left-leaning nationalist who was defeated by President Alan García in a runoff in 2006, and Keiko Fujimori, daughter of jailed ex-President Alberto Fujimori, whose 1990-2000 government collapsed in a corruption scandal.
—Latinamerica Press.

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