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  • Peruvians will go to the polls to elect almost 13,000 authorities on October 7.

    Peruvians will go to the polls to elect almost 13,000 authorities on October 7. | Photo: Reuters

Published 6 October 2018

Forty observation mission representatives from 14 countries will be present to ensure a transparent process.

On October 7, about 23,375,000 Peruvians will head to the polls to elect almost 13,000 regional and municipal authorities, including 25 regional governors, 196 provincial mayors and 1,874 district mayors.

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Forty representatives of observation missions from 14 countries will be present to ensure a transparent process, said National Electoral Jury (JNE) President Victor Ticona.

"The citizens of Peru can be sure that they will participate in a process of free elections whose guarantees are guaranteed."

The elections have been marred by a lack of debate, and increasing cases of corruption in the various levels of government.

For many analysts, the lack of real ideas sustaining government plans is remarkable, and candidates are mainly offering "a list of little promises that are empty from a national vision and articulated on a plan for the region, the municipality or the city," wrote La Republica newspaper in its editorial section.

The most controversial scandal so far concerns Daniel Urresti, a former army general. Urresti was facing 25 years in jail for planning the murder of Caretas Magazine journalist Hugo Bustios 30 years ago. Cleared after a four-year trial, Urresti was freed to continue his campaign.

"The fact that a person accused of killing a journalist and raping a woman has possibilities of being elected mayor of Lima is the clearest symptom of our poor morality," wrote Peruvian journalist Mariana deAlthaus. 

"Years of crimes, corruption and lack of respect for the institutions that have generated a society that does not value the law, righteousness and respect for others."

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