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June 6, 2011 Leave a commentby Maja Wallengren
LIMA, June 5 (Xinhua) — Ollanta Humala, the left-wing candidate for the nationalist Peru Wins alliance, narrowly wins the second round of Peru’s presidential elections Sunday, according to results from an independent election monitoring group.
While no official results have been released yet. Transparencia’s figures show that with more than 90 percent of the ballots counted, Humala garners just over 51 percent of the vote while his rival Keiko Fujimori gets nearly 49 percent, daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori.
Exit polls by three other survey firms showed earlier that Humala would win with more than 52 percent of the vote.
According to Ipsos Apoyo consultancy, Humala would have gained 52.6 percent of the votes and Keiko Fujimori from Force 2011 mustered 47.4 percent.
CPI consultancy’s figures showed Humala got 52.5 percent and Fujimori 47.5 percent, while Datun said Humala got 52.7 percent and Fujimori 47.3 percent.
Both Humala and Fujimori have said they will respect the results of Sunday’s vote.
There were no immediate reports of problems and eyewitnesses told Xinhua the voting process had been calm and that
Incumbent President Alan Garcia called on all Peruvians to vote for peace and democracy, and urged his successor to work for national unity.
“Peruvians must unite to consolidate
He appealed to the next president to form a government of political reconciliation that will ensure “economic growth, the generation of jobs and fight against poverty.”
As all the exit polls released put Humala in the lead, thousands of Humala supporters streamed out in the streets to celebrate and crowds gathered in front of the headquarters of the Peru Wins alliance in the capital
There were no immediate comments neither from Humala nor from Fujimori and her Force 2011 party, but spokesmen for both parties said they were awaiting the release of official results by
Guillermo Palomino, spokesman for Force 2011, told local press that the party will wait until the release of official results before making any comments, and said “we are confident the numbers can still revert and turn in favor of Keiko Fujimori.”
Daniel Abugettas, one of the spokesmen for the Peru Wins alliance and a member of the Peruvian parliament, said the party of Humala will “wait for the official results with caution” and appealed to people to “remain calm” and allow for an orderly transition.
The ONPE has said it will release preliminary results only if one of the candidates have a clear lead in what is still expected by many to be a close final vote count. The civil society Transparencia, meanwhile, denounced 56 acts of irregularities, all of which were related to acts of proselytism or problems with election material at voting stations.
The final weeks of the Peruvian election campaign have been marked by harsh personal attacks and two opposite political visions that has left
Political analysts in
“We are going through a crucial time in
More than 103,622 polling tables were set up across