Elections 2021: What is missing for the JNE to announce the official results of the second round?

The second round of presidential election Peruvians were held on June 6 and after 15 days of that, it is still not known who is the winner of the elections. On Wednesday of last week, the National Elections Jury (JNE) it clarified, by means of a statement, that it will only announce the results once all the minutes observed and the requests for annulment presented after the process have been resolved.

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For its part, the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) reported on June 15 that the candidate from Peru Libre, Pedro Castillo, was imposed in the count with 50.125% of votes before the candidate of Fuerza Popular, Keiko Fujimori, which obtained 49.875%, at the conclusion of the count of 100% of the recorded minutes.

According to the final count of the ONPE, Castillo obtained a total of 8,835,579 votes, which places him at a distance of 44,058 from the result obtained by Fujimori, who received 8,791,521 votes. Due to this tight result, the Fuerza Popular party has requested that hundreds of voting records be annulled and has even slipped the possibility of a “table fraud”.

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These requests from the Fujimori party are being met by the decentralized offices of the JNE. To date, the majority have been rejected by the entity, since they have been presented outside the term stipulated by the electoral law or, failing that, they lack form or foundation.

In order to provide maximum transparency about their decisions before the citizens”, The JNE remarked that as of June 14, it will hold hearings and public sessions in which the allegations of the parties are heard, the deliberation sessions are broadcast live and the results of the discussion are voted on.

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Appeal resolutions are forwarded to the Special Electoral Juries (JEE) corresponding to each jurisdiction, they, in turn, send them to the Decentralized Electoral Processes Offices (ODPE) so that, if applicable, they can be entered into the calculation of results. Then, when the JEE do not have any pending appeal, they will proceed to announce the results, according to their competence.

Once these results are obtained, the Plenary of the JNE will be able to sign the act of general proclamation of results to deliver the credentials to the candidate who will be responsible for assuming the Presidency of the Republic for the period 2021-2026.

In this way, the JNE as an autonomous constitutional body proceeds with respect to the electoral regulations in force and due process, in such a way that the results of the elections are a faithful reflection of the citizen’s will expressed at the polls.”, Concluded the JNE in its statement.

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