LIMA – Luis Castañeda, the former mayor of the Peruvian capital, is set to govern the city once again as a partial vote tally in weekend elections gave him a wide margin of 49 percent of the vote.
Election officials released the result of Sunday’s contest after counting 47 percent of the total votes.
Castañeda, who was the mayor of Lima for the two consecutive periods between 2003 and 2010, defeated the current mayor, Susana Villaran, who sought re-election, after she received only 11 percent of the votes.
The surprise in the elections was provided by the Aprista Peruvian Party candidate, Enrique Cornejo, who came in second with 19.4 percent of the votes, according to the preliminary data released by the National Office of Electoral Processes, more than seven hours after the polling stations closed.
“It is time to end the violence in the country and set aside hatred,” Castañeda said at a press conference. “It is better to look towards the future and move forward. That is the charge that the people have given us.”
The electoral campaign in Peru has been plagued by allegations of candidates linked to several corruption cases and even drug trafficking, which led the government to publish lists of those who have valid convictions or prosecutions.
The elections were monitored by the Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States and chaired by the Uruguayan politician and lawyer Sergio Abreu.
In statements to Efe, Abreu said that “overall the voting was carried out normally” and without major difficulties.