Election Observers Submit Report


According to a preliminary report by the Organization of American States (OAS) the recent Peruvian elections were transparent and served as an important step in consolidating democracy.

However, the report also indicated there are several areas that could be improved. One area that was highlighted was the polling places. Many of the polling places were very large and capable of receiving 1,500 to 2,000 voters and due to their size created a certain sense of confusion among the voters. More also needs to be done to improve access to polling places for those voters with disabilities.

The most critical part of the report concerned the opinion polls and surveys carried out in the weeks before the election. The head of the OAS was concerned about the number of polls that were being conducted by international sources and over the internet even though such activity is prohibited by law one week before an election.