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Peru: National Polls Forecast Low Turnout In Election Day

  • A man passes in front of presidential candidates' ads, Lima, Peru, April 6, 2021.

    A man passes in front of presidential candidates' ads, Lima, Peru, April 6, 2021. | Photo: Twitter/ @MaelVallejo

Published 8 April 2021

Given that none of the 18 candidates will win the presidency this Sunday, the country is likely to hold a second round of elections on June 6.

A survey by the Institute of Peruvian Studies (IEP) on Wednesday showed that the COVID-19 health crisis and the apathy felt by the people for the presidential elections could lead to a low turnout at the polls on April 11.


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"Peruvians have no favorite candidates among the 18 parties that are running for the elections," the IEP stated and informed there would be a technical tie among the front-runners.

The center-right-wing Popular Action Party's candidate Yonhy Lescano leads the voting intention, with 10 percent of the votes in his favor. The leftist Veronika Mendoza and the right-wing candidate Hernando de Soto would be tied in second place with 9 percent of the votes.

According to these figures, none of them win the presidency, so the country will have to hold a second round of elections on June 6. 

Twenty-five percent of people surveyed are undecided or support a blank or spoiled vote. The figure is five times higher than that one received by the candidates who have a slight lead.

"The nominees have failed to address the population's demands regarding education, security, health, and justice," political scientist Denisse Rodriguez-Olivari said.

"Although voting is mandatory, citizens are afraid of getting infected," she said, recalling that "their fear is justified: Peru is one of the most affected countries".

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