Fujimori Leads Peru Presidential Polls as Candidacy in Jeopardy

  • Former Congresswoman leads two polls three weeks before vote
  • Electoral body said last week she may be barred over donations

Keiko Fujimori maintained a lead in Peru’s presidential race three weeks before the vote as an electoral body weighs allegations she broke campaign rules and should be barred from running.

The daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori had double the support of her closest rival in polls by Ipsos Peru and Gfk Peru published on Sunday. The election takes place on April 10.

A Lima electoral board said March 18 it will initiate proceedings to exclude Fujimori, following allegations she broke laws prohibiting candidates from giving out money during their campaigns. The former Congresswoman denies the allegations and her legal representative will make her case during a hearing in Lima on Monday.

The electoral board has already this month excluded two of Fujimori’s rivals, Julio Guzman and Cesar Acuna; the latter for donating money during his campaign.

Fujimori had 31 percent support in the Ipsos poll published in El Comercio, compared with 15 percent for Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. Alfredo Barnechea and Veronika Mendoza each had 12 percent. Ipsos questioned 1,715 people from March 15 to 17 and the poll had a margin of error of 2.3 percentage points.

GfK’s poll published in La Republica showed Fujimori with 34 percent, Kuczynski with 16 percent, Barnechea at 12 percent and Mendoza at 7.5%. GfK questioned 1,611 people from March 11 to 15 and the error margin was 2.4 percentage points.

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