Fujimori Maintains Lead in Peru Poll After Candidacy Confirmed

  • Former Congresswoman has double the support of nearest rival
  • Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in second place two weeks before vote

Keiko Fujimori had double the support of her closest rival in a Peruvian presidential poll two weeks before the election after being cleared of vote buying by an electoral board.

The former Congresswoman had 32 percent of voter support in an Ipsos Peru poll commissioned by Lima-based America Television. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski had 16 percent while Veronika Mendoza had 12 percent and Alfredo Barnechea had 11 percent.

Ipsos’ conducted the poll March 22 to 24 and the margin of error was 2.3 percentage points.

The daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori has maintained at least 30 percent support in polls for the last two years though looks set to fall short of the 50 percent she needs on April 10 to avoid a run off vote with the runner-up. The Lima Centro 1 electoral board rejected on March 24 allegations Fujimori had broken electoral rules by giving out money during a campaign event. Preliminary reports by a regional electoral board also found no evidence Kuczynski offered beer to voters during an event in Huancayo, El Comercio reported March 26.

The accusations against the two leading candidates fueled a decline in the Peruvian sol last week on concern they could be disqualified from the race. Congressman Heriberto Benitez appealed the Lima board’s verdict and the national electoral board is expected to rule on the case this week.

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