Peru deploys troops ahead of regional run-off elections


Peru deploys troops ahead of regional run-off elections
General Francisco Contreras assured there will be more soldiers to guarantee security for all voters during the run-off elections this Sunday. (Photo: Andina)

Peru’s Armed Forces will begin deploying soldiers today to boost security ahead of Sunday’s run-off elections in several areas of the country, reported Andina.

Voters in ten regions of Peru will head to the polls on December 5 to take part in run-off elections.

The run-off elections are due for the two top presidential candidates who in each region that did not achieve the required 30 percent of the vote during first-round elections on October 3.

General Francisco Contreras, Joint Command Chief  of the Peruvian Armed Forces, said that more soldiers will be sent across Peru in comparison with the previous election.

"The deployment starts today. This time we have the experience of the first round and we will redouble our troops at polling places in view of the problems occurred last time in some districts," he said.

Runoff elections will be held in the Lima provinces, in the northern regions of Tumbes, Lambayeque, and Amazonas, as well as in Huánuco, Pasco, and Ayacucho in central Peru, and Ica, Madre de Dios, and Puno in the south.