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Peruvians choose their new president today – 11:30 p.m. update

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Official Results

11:30 p.m.

I will conclude my coverage on today’s election with a remark made by Peru’s former and new president Alan Garcia Perez:

“The only one who was defeated today is Hugo Chavez.”

Buenas Noches everyone!

11:15 p.m.

current results of votes in Lima:

Garcia: 63%, Humala: 37%

10:40 p.m.

Current results of international votes

Garcia: 65% , Humala 35 %

10:10 p.m.

Ollanta Humala conceded to Alan Garcia and recognized defeat.

In a brief statement he affirms that “according to our democratic
commitment we recognize the results emitted by ONPE at 77% and salute
to the forces that have competed with us, represented by Mr. Alan
Garcia”.
He says that their political project continues and that the doors are
open to all Peruvians who want to join the fight for the great change
of Peru.

9:57 p.m.

The number of blank and nullified votes is surprisingly low!

Only 8% all together as of now.
Recent surveys suggested around 15%.

9:36 p.m.

FIRST OFFICIAL RESULTS (ONPE) :

Alan Garcia: 55.488 %
Ollanta Humala : 44.582 %

(at 21:07 p.m., 77.331% of processed votes)

9:17 p.m.

The first official results released by ONPE are coming up!
Instead of giving us an overall result first, Magdalena Chu, director
of ONPE, reads the current results by regions and provinces, which will
take FOREVER!
She sure knows how to keep people on their toes.
I can’t believe this………exit poll results

9:00 p.m.

In a rousing speech before
thousands of cheering and celebrating supporters in Lima, the aprista
leader Alan Garcia proclaimed victory over his rival Ollanta Humala
(Union por el Peru) for the second electoral round. He thanked God and
the Peruvians for their vote. He promised a government of "agreement,
togetherness, dialogue and openness" that will not forget the poor who
have nothing.

8:45 p.m.

sorry for the one hour delay…. connection problems 🙁
Peruvian internet lines seem heavily overloaded…

7:45 p.m.

In
a calm, anti-triumphal message, Alan Garcia recognized the enormous
support he gained in Lima and proposed a government of concentration,
dialogue and openness. He specifically talked about the electorate in
the south.
He expressed that the country has given a majority
message for national sovereignty and not to be part of the outdated
militarist model of president Hugo Chavez.
He expressed his
confidence for the support of the Peruvian people and will offer
proposals and actions so that the country continues to advance.
He
actually agreed with Ollanta Humala who said that hope has won over
fear. He ended his speech by saying that if the data of the ONPE wll
confirm the current tendency, he will go to work for all Peruvians and
the future of our children.

7:37 p.m.

Alan Garcia reads a statement to the public…

7:30 p.m.

Inofficial results by ‘Transparencia’, from 954 polling stations:

Alan Garcia: 52.4
Ollanta Humala: 47.6

Blank and nullified votes: 8.6%
‘Transparencia’ is known for its high accuracy.

7:25 p.m.

Quick count by Apoyo of 100% of votes (unofficial):
Garcia: 52.7 %
Humala: 47.3%

7:14 p.m.

Ollanta is reading a prepared statement, claiming victory.
He thanks the people for this social and political victory. This
victory is for everybody, hope won over fear. He claims that today is a
new beginning for transformation. We will wait for the official ONPE
results. This is a historical victory for the nationalistic movement.
In a single year the political agenda has changed and it has managed to
wake up the conscience of the Peruvian people. He called on all
political and economic forces to initiate the great national
transformation. His commitment is to not betray the hope of the
Peruvian people.

7:10 p.m.

Ollanta and wife Nadine are waving optimistically to the waiting
crowd, showing the “V” sign for victory. Humala addressing the crowd
now….

7:00 p.m.

Officials at APRA headquarters emphazised again that they will wait
for the first quick count by ‘Transparencia’ and then address the
public in more about 20-30 minutes.

Meanwhile, Reuters has an article on the exit poll results.

6:50 p.m.

While the wait for initial statements from both candidates continues, I thought I check the official ONPE result web page.
To my surprise (well, not really), they are still showing the results
from the first round. Not a single word about today’s all decisive
second round.

6:30 p.m.

Quick count

APOYO (86.5%)
Alan García 52.9%
Ollanta Humala 47.1%

DATUM (50%)
Alan García 55.4%
Ollanta Humala 44.6%

6:20 p.m.

Alan Garcia is expected to make his first statement soon at his
campaign post in San Isidro. Ollanta Humala’s podium at his UPP base is
also still empty.

6:00 p.m.

Alan Garcia leaves his residence in Surco to drive to his campaign headquarters. He does not address the media or the public.
At the same time, Ollanta Humala appears at his party headquarters,
fighting his way through waiting supporters and the media. He also did
not make any statements.

5:40 p.m.

A rather surprising fact is the obviously low level of support for Humala in Lima.
Humala gained 24% of the vote in Lima during the first round and
according to the exit poll has improved this number by only 13% to
36.9%, whereas Garcia has improved in dramatic fashion, from 22% to
63.1% percent.

5:40 p.m.

A rather surprising fact is the obviously low level of support for Humala in Lima.
Humala gained 24% of the vote in Lima during the first round and
according to the exit poll has improved this number by only 13% to
36.9%, whereas Garcia has improved in dramatic fashion, from 22% to
63.1% percent.

5:20 p.m.

The ex-presidential candidate Lourdes Flores says that the great
percentage of “borrowed votes” for both candidates jeopardizes the
winner to have a self-critical attitude and greater humility in the
management that he is about to to begin.

The spokesmen of UPP, Gonzalo Garcia, announces that they will wait
for the official results released by ONPE, especially from the the
countryside. He indicates that the margin of error for exit polls is 5%.

5:11 p.m.

The representative of the National Election Jury (JNE), Nils Maura
Gonza’les, has asked the population to avoid premature celebrations
after the publishing of exit polls.
“These electoral flashes are not official results. Therefore, it is
necessary to take them with the necessary calm. It is necessary to wait
for the official results of the ONPE around 9 p.m.”

5:00 p.m.

Officials from both parties are telling people to remain calm. Alan
Garcia will not talk publically until ONPE releases its first official
results.

Tensions are growing in Arequipa between Humalistas and Apristas,
rocks and bottles have been thrown. The police is trying to keep both
parties separated.

4:05 p.m.

wow, this seems to be even closer than I expected. Looks like we’re all in for a long, exciting evening and perhaps longer…
The Humala clan is waving optimistically to their supporters chanting
outside their residence. Garcia supporters in Trujillo are dancing in
the streets.

3:15 p.m.

The national TV channel TNP is showing biographies of both candidates.
Interesting side note I just noticed: Nadine Heredia is not only
Ollanta’s wife but also his aunt. Not sure how this looks from a family
tree perspective…

45 minutes until exit polls…

2:45 p.m.

A computer hacker has already published “his own” wishful results of
the election on a web site that looked exactly like the official ONPE
website. The site has since been removed.

2:30 p.m.

Eduardo Garibotto of Humala’s party Unión por el Perú (UPP) alleged
that Jaime Brossard is working for APRA as a national vote scrutinizer.
He was a member of the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE)
under José Portillo, the Fujimori official responsible for the
fraudulent elections of 2000. Brossard is a computer specialist, and he
was singled out by congress for being responsibe for altering the vote
count.

2:20 p.m.

Reuters has created a “Factbox” about the elections.
You can read it here

My wife reports that after she left the polling station, UPP
coordinators were waiting outside conducting their own exit polls.
Everything is very quiet and organized.

2:00 p.m.

The National Election Jury and ONPE has promised that around
midnight 60-70% of votes will be processed. 95% will be reached Monday
evening and the final 100% result can be expected by next weekend.

1:50 p.m.

Voting in the United States is proceeding normally.
Only In Miami, one of the cities with a greater amount of voters, a
delayed installation of tables caused a series of disorders. In
Chicago, on the other hand, the atmosphere is described as tranquil and
orderly.

1:45 p.m.

President Toledo announced to the press that he will reconstruct his
party, Peru Posible, and to continue working for democracy and against
poverty in Latin America. He does not discard the possibility of
eventually running again for president and taking a seat in “Pizarro’s
armchair”.

1:30 p.m.

two and a half hours left until polling stations in Peru are closing
and the results of exit polls will be published. Stay tuned :-)

1:15 p.m.

related international press coverage today:

Peru votes after fierce campaign (by BBC News)

Results are expected to be very close. Polls suggest
ex-President Alan Garcia will win a narrow majority over nationalist
candidate Ollanta Humala. Because of this, campaigning has been
especially fierce – few in Peru can remember a dirtier, more aggressive
election campaign.

Peruvians pick a president; Election pits nationalist against former president (by CNN)

Peruvians faced a choice in Sunday’s presidential
elections between a former president hoping his dazzling oratory has
helped erase memories of his disastrous first administration and a
fiery political newcomer pledging to punish a corrupt political
establishment.

12:45 p.m.

Voting in Spain and the rest of Europe also concluded four hours
ago. Unlike the disorganization that reigned in Spain during the first
round on April 9, today came and went in total normality, according to
reports.
More than 70,000 Peruvians live in Spain who could vote at installed
tables in Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Las Palmas (Gran Canaria), Palma
de Mallorca, Santa Cruz (Tenerife), Santiago de Compostela, Seville,
Valencia and Zaragoza.

12:30 p.m.

The Peruvian elections this year, unlike previous elections, is also of vital importance from an international perspective.
Depending on who wins the presidency, Peru will either reinforce the
axis formed by Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Chile or, in all
probability, the country will join the bloc created by Venezuela,
Bolivia and Cuba. The election in Peru comes one week after the
elections in Colombia, which was won by conservative president Alvaro
Uribe in a landslide. In contrast, in recent elections of other Latin
American countries like Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay,
new heads of state were chosen who mainly represent the political left.

12:00 p.m.

Newly elected congresswoman Keiko Fujimori, daughter of ex-president Alberto Fujimori, gave her vote.

11:50 a.m.

Lourdes Flores Nano, ex-presidential candidate of Unidad Nacional,
said that it is the voters who will decide what is best for our
country. After she prematurely announced her victory over Garcia on
April 9, she now shows a rather hesitant attitude. “It is necessary to
wait for the result which represents the voice of the people, the voice
of the country. I hope that it will be a peacuful day.”
She confessed that she prayed to God to enlighten the Peruvians so that our country “finds progress and peace”.

11:40 a.m.

Alan Garcia in an interview for the Washington Post, published today:

The Chavez phenomenon is militarism with a lot of money.
Mr. Chavez poses risks for Peru. First I thought Fidel [Castro] was
behind him, but Fidel no longer has the force he used to, so I suppose
he now depends on Chavez. Chavez is using his millions of dollars to
try and extend influence in the Andean countries, first Bolivia, now
cloning a commandante in Peru, then Ecuador, to surround Colombia,
where he sees U.S. imperialism as strongest in Latin America. . . .
Peru tends to appreciate people in the world with high intellectual and
cultural levels. There is little to appreciate about President Chavez.
He is only relevant because of oil money. Soon Chavez will be burning
out in Venezuela. Everyone who strays too far from his own space ends
up burning out.”

11:17 a.m.

Due to a 14-hour time difference, voting in Japan has already
concluded. 22,198 Peruvians reside in the land of the rising sun. The
Peruvian consulate in Tokyo had assigned 16 polling stations in major
cities.

11.00 a.m.

President Alejandro Toledo arrives at his polling station at the Colegioo Cristo Salvador in Surco

10:45 a.m.

5.3 % of eligible voters, most of them in rural areas, cannot vote
because they don’t have an identification card. In Loreto and Madre de
Dios it will take some voters 5-8 hours to get to the polling stations.

10:15 a.m.

Ollanta Humala, his wife Nadine Heredia and two young kids are
holding a breakfast press conference at the UPP party headquarters in
San Borja. He is hoping for a strong attendance and animates voters to
make a choice instead of giving blank or invalid votes. He cannot
present the names of his potential cabinet members until it is clear
who the winner is. The talk with the media takes place in a very
relaxed and cheerful atmosphere. He states again that nationalism will
be the new economic and political model (referencia) for the 21st
century.

10:03 a.m.

Garcia’s wife Pilar makes her way through the crowd. She said she
was satisfied with the campaign even it was a long road that lasted 7
months. She is an economist and currently working on her master’s
degree in social economics. She said she plans to actively support and
advise her husband in her area of expertise if he should be elected.

10:00 a.m.

Garcia has already left the premises. The procedure lasted less than
10 minutes. He will spend the day waiting for the first results at his
residence in Surco.

9:50 a.m.

Alan Garcia arrives at his polling station in Miraflores. He avoids
talking to the press. The crowd outside the Colegio is in has favor,
cheering “Alan Presidente”.

9:30 a.m.

Alan Garcia and his family held his traditional breakfast with the
media at the APRA headquarters. He intends to vote later this morning a
the Colegio Scipion LLona in Lima’s district of Miraflores. His wife
Pilar will vote at a later time, for security reasons ONPE has
requested that both candidates go to the voting both alone.

8:00 a.m

Hello and buenos dias everyone. It is a foggy, cool morning in Lima.
I even noticed a few sprinkles on my way to the bakery this morning.
Ollanta Humala went for his early morning jog an hour ago and then, to
everone’s surprise and undedected by the media, proceeded to the
polling station with his wife, Nadine Heredia, to deliver his vote
without any major incidents.

However, he did choose the wrong door at first at the Unversity
Ricardo Palma in Santiago de Surco. Humala and his wife entered the
voting room separately to distract bystanders and the media.

During the first round on April 9, Humala had to fight his way
through a hostile crowd of protesters in a way that it reminded of
someone walking a gauntlet.

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