More than 16 million Peruvians at home and around the world will return to the ballot boxes tomorrow to choose their new Head of State for the next five years.
Polling stations will open at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 4.00 p.m. The first to vote are Peruvians living in Japan.
The National Office of the Election Process (ONPE) announced that the virtual winner will be known the day after, on Monday, June 5. The overall expectation is that 95% of the votes will be processed by then. On the eve of election day the forecast is that around 60-70% of the votes should be counted and processed, according to Magdalena Chu, director of ONPE.
“The second round is going to be a much simpler process than the first. We are going to surpass the long and sometimes complicated delivery routes of the April-9 elections", Chu declared. She also assured the security of both candidates during their march to the voting center. A repeat of Humala’s first-round gauntlet to the ballot box will be prevented.
The candidates, Alan Garcia and Ollanta Humala, did not have any public appearances yesterday, as required by electoral law, but both sent messages to their supporters. The Aprista leader Alan Garcia asked for the people’s serenity while nationalist Ollanta Humala (Union por el Peru), on his way from Cusco to Lima, asked for a massive participation and the support of the people. the Peruvians from the Cusco, before starting off for Lima, going to vote this Sunday massively.
Although a recently proposed official agreement was not signed, both candidates were committed to respect the result of the elections.
Garcia announced that if he should lose, he will contribute to the government of his political opponent. “If I should lose I will handle it like I did in 2001. I am a
Peruvian and I will not leave this country. If Mr. Humala would come to me and ask for my help, I will tell him: Here I am. What do you need?”.
Humala maintained that he will accept the official announcement of the ONPE, even if it is not in his favor.
“We are going to respect the results democratically. When there are two competitors, everybody knows that one wins and the other loses. We do not know who that will be and we hope to be the winners."