The president of the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE), Adolfo Castillo, was suspended from his duties on Wednesday for as long as an investigation related to the irregular registration of the Podemos Peru party.
According to information from Telesur, the head of the National Council of the Magistracy (CNM), Orlando Velásquez, explained that the decision was made because of the accusations against the ONPE for allegedly being implicated in a corruption network.
Podemos Peru is led by businessman José Luna Gálvez and the party is being accused of irregularity registering with the ONPE thanks to favors of Castillo and his advisor José Cavassa.
Nevertheless, the suspension is not expected to affect the upcoming elections to take place in the country on October 7.
“Due to the diffusion of several telephone audios, carried out by the Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Salvador Heresi, and five judges of the Superior Court of Justice of Callao, including its president, Walter Ríos, last week came to light the corruption scandal that reveals the existing influence peddling in that institution, which includes high magistrates, businessmen, and politicians”, Telesur wrote.
The media says that in the recording you can hear Ríos request a bribe for at least $10,000 US dollars in exchange for favoring the appointment of a prosecutor and Judge César Hinostroza, favoring a rapist of an 11-year-old girl in exchange for money.