LIMA – At least two people were killed and three others wounded in incidents connected to Peru’s nationwide municipal and regional elections, Interior Minister Daniel Urresti said Monday.
The deaths and injuries took place during disturbances that erupted in two separate districts of northern Peru following the close of voting on Sunday, he said.
“Unusual things have occurred. In small districts, once the voting ended, there was a series of demonstrations instigated by the losers that ended with the burning of electoral material and attacks on the forces of order, with regrettable consequences in two of them,” Urresti said.
One person died and three were hurt in the Amazonian jungle zone of Mazan, where police fired shots into the air to break up a mob of some 500 people who burned down a polling place, the minister said.
A women died at a hospital after being shot as around 300 protesters prevented officials from collecting the ballots at a polling place in Tumbes.
Election day witnessed a total of 96 violent incidents, Peru’s ONPE electoral agency said.
Ballots and vehicles were destroyed, election officials were threatened and held captive and groups of people blocked roads, the ONPE said.