LIMA – The candidate running second in the polls ahead of Peru’s April 10 presidential election vowed on Wednesday to fight a ruling by the National Elections Board that would exclude him from the contest.
Julio Guzman’s Todos por el Peru party said in a statement that the candidate “is still in the race and is stronger in the face of adversity.”
“We categorically reject the terms of this resolution, the bases of which are flagrantly illegal and unconstitutional,” the party said.
Earlier Wednesday, the National Elections Board, or JNE, rejected appeals from Guzman and another candidate, Cesar Acuña, against a lower electoral court’s decision to bar them from the race.
Guzman was disqualified over supposed irregularities in how his party chose its presidential ticket, while Acuña – who is in single digits in the polls – was ousted for handing out cash to potential voters.
Todos por el Peru announced that it will file an extraordinary motion with the JNE and ask Peru’s constitutional court to issue an injunction preventing election officials from excluding Guzman.
“We are sure that, in the end, the legality of our actions and our right to political participation will be recognized, as well as the right of millions of Peruvians to opt for a distinct political approach,” the party said.
The latest polls on the presidential contest show Keiko Fujimori, daughter of disgraced former President Alberto Fujimori, in the lead with 34 percent, followed by Guzman with 16.6 percent.