Peru Presidential Front-Runner Fujimori Cleared to Continue Bid

  • Top national electoral board upholds lower court decision
  • Earlier ruling cleared Fujimori of vote-buying allegations

Keiko Fujimori was cleared to continue her bid for the presidency in the April 10 vote after Peru’s highest electoral body confirmed a lower board’s ruling absolving her of vote buying.

The national electoral board said it found no evidence Fujimori handed out prize money to the winners of a dance contest. The complainants have three days to present an extraordinary appeal.

The daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori has had at least 30 percent support in polls for the past two years and disqualifying her would have thrown the election wide open days before the vote. A regional electoral board this week started exclusion proceedings against Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, running second in opinion polls, on allegations he offered cases of beer to voters at an event. A preliminary report from the national board said there was no evidence to support the allegations.

Fujimori would be statistically tied in a run-off vote against Kuczynski, according to a Datum Internacional poll published Friday.

The electoral board excluded Julio Guzman and Cesar Acuna from the presidential race last month; Acuna for donating money during his campaign.

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