LIMA – Capital Mayor Susana Villaran will remain in her position, but some city councilors will be looking for new jobs, according to results released Monday by Peru’s ONPE electoral authority.
In Sunday’s ballot, Lima voters were given the chance to recall the leftist mayor and all 39 members of the city council.
Some 20 councilors will likely have to step down once all the votes are counted, which will mean holding new elections to fill the vacant council seats.
The partial data offered Monday by the ONPE confirm the results of exit polls by the private company Ipsos, which shows that 19 councilors of the leftist coalition Fuerza Social plus one member of the opposition, Luis Castañeda Pardo, son of ex-Mayor Luis Castañeda Lossio, could be forced out of office.
After hearing these preliminary results, Villaran said Monday that she will govern for all capital residents and considered that with her confirmation as mayor, “it is Lima that has won.”
More than 6 million voters turned out for the referendum after an opposition group presented the necessary number of signatures to call for Villaran’s dismissal for alleged “inefficiency.”
Last Friday an audio was broadcast which confirmed that contrary to his repeated denials, Castañeda Lossio, who was Lima mayor from 2003-2010, was behind the campaign to oust Villaran.
The Villaran administration revealed an investigation of Castañeda for alleged corruption.
Villaran, the capital’s first woman mayor, said Monday that she will establish a “broad-based” government to “deepen and accelerate” the reforms she has been promoting, such as that of transportation. EFE