Fujimori Leads Peru Presidential Poll Five Weeks Before Vote

  • Former congresswoman has double the support of nearest rival
  • Julio Guzman, barred from the race last week, was in 2nd place

Keiko Fujimori remains the clear front-runner ahead of Peru’s presidential election next month as the second-placed candidate makes a last-ditch appeal against a decision to ban him from the contest.

Backing for Fujimori rose to 35 percent at the end of February from 33 percent the month earlier, according to a GfK Peru poll commissioned by Lima-based newspaper La Republica. Julio Guzman had 17 percent of voter intentions, up from 10 percent.

The poll was conducted before the Lima Centro 1 electoral board said on March 4 that Guzman is ineligible to run for the presidency after failing to properly register his party. The board had given him the all clear just one week earlier. Guzman said he’ll lodge an appeal with the national electoral board on Monday.

The survey of 1,552 people nationwide from Feb. 27 to March 1 had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. The vote is on April 10.

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a former finance minister and cabinet chief, had the backing of 6.9 percent of potential voters, while Cesar Acuna, who the Lima electoral board also excluded from the race Friday, had 3.6 percent.

Asked how they would vote without Guzman and Acuna in the race, 38 percent backed Fujimori while 10 percent supported Kuczynski.

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