Peruvians in Puerto Rico Will be Able to Vote on Sunday Election
SAN JUAN–Peruvian citizens residing in Puerto Rico will be able to vote for the next president of Perú on Sunday’s general election.
“Peruvians living in Puerto Rico will be able to exercise their right to vote next Sunday at the general headquarters of the Puerto Rico National Guard in Puerta de Tierra from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm,” explained Celinda Zárate, Honorary Consul of Perú for Puerto Rico.
According to Zárate, a little over 700 Peruvians residing in the island are eligible to vote on Sunday’s election.
“Only those [Peruvian] citizens with a valid National Document of Identity (DNI) and a registered domicile in Puerto Rico will be able to vote,” said Zárate.
On Sunday, voters will decide who will lead their country for the next five years from a field of 10 presidential candidates. Among the candidates are two former presidents, Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006) for “Peru Posible” and Alan García (1985-1990; 2006-2011) for “Alianza Popular”.
There are also two women candidates: Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of former president Alberto Fujimori, who is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence or crimes against humanity and corruption, and Verónika Mendoza for “Frente Amplio.”
The other candidates are Fernando Olivera (“Frente Esperanza”), Alfredo Barnechea (“Acción Popular”), Gregorio Santos (“Democracia Directa”), Miguel Hilario (“Progresando Perú”), Ántero Flores Aráoz (“Partido Político Orden”) and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (“Peruanos por el Cambio”).
The electoral law in Perú provides for a runoff election if none of the candidates gets more than 50 percent of vote in the first election. Currently, Fujimori and Kuczynski are considered the favorites for the runoff election.