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Peru’s elections merry-go-round


The candidates for the upcoming presidential election in Peru are 19. Well, actually they are just 17. With only four weeks to go before Election Day on 10 April 2016, the Electoral Council disqualified the outsider contender, Julio Guzmán, because of irregularities in his party's registration. And it barred another hopeful, César Acuña, for handling out money while campaigning.

The candidates for the upcoming presidential election in Peru are 19. Well, actually they are just 17. With only four weeks to go before Election Day on 10 April 2016, the Electoral Council disqualified the outsider contender, Julio Guzmán, because of irregularities in his party’s registration. And it barred another hopeful, César Acuña, for handling out money while campaigning.

“It is unheard of that the Council would not allow to stay in the race two contenders that are supported by 25% of the electorate, and with the polls just four weeks away,” said Professor David Sulmont, director of the Instituto de Opinión Pública of Peru’s Pontificia Universidad in an interview with the Peruvian newspaper La República.

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