Julio César Castiglioni: What was decided by the JNE does not affect the defense of Fuerza Popular

Lima, June 11, 2021Updated on 06/11/2021 08:22 pm

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The attorney for Popular Force, Julio César Castiglioni, assures that the decision of the National Elections Jury (JNE), known this Friday afternoon, to annul the extension of the deadline to receive annulment appeals, “does not affect anything” his defense. In communication with El Comercio, he affirms that this group has already managed to present its requests against 802 polling stations until Wednesday night according to the law.

Castiglioni points out that 200 of these annulments were presented physically and the rest were made through the virtual box.

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“We enter all our resources until Wednesday at 8pm. That the system has passed them after that time is another discussion ”, argues the also expert in electoral law.

According to the lawyer, it will be a second instance that determines whether some of these requests for annulment were delivered in an untimely manner. “These annulments have already begun to be seen in some special juries, and if that resolution is not favorable to us, we have the right to file an appeal.”, He indicated.

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Castiglioni affirms that although Fuerza Popular presented a request to extend the deadline for filing these annulment appeals, the representatives of Peru Libre also did the same. This request – he adds – had the purpose that these resources can be presented until this Friday night and not until Wednesday.

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In fact, on June 9 (at 8:10 pm), the legal person of Fuerza Popular, Liliana Takayama, asked the JNE to extend the term due to “the large volume of information, and because it is an extraordinary case never before experienced”.

On Wednesday, Castiglioni accompanied the candidate Keiko Fujimori in a press conference where the presentation of 802 appeals for annulment was announced, which, according to the leader of Fuerza Popular, represents about 200 thousand votes. This, after, in the opinion of Fujimori, irregularities and even “fraud” were committed at those polling stations.

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