Pedro Castillo thanked supporters, with an exit poll showing that the Left candidate was leading with 1 candidate.
Outgoing leftist candidate Pedro Castillo leads Peru’s presidency with 16.1 percent of the vote, followed by conservative Keiko Fujimori and liberal economist Hernando de Soto, both in second place with 11.9 percent.
According to an Ipsos poll released Sunday night, social conservative Jonah Lescano came in fourth with 11 percent of the vote, followed by ultra-conservative Rafael Lopez Aliaga with 10.5 percent and leftist Veronica Mendoza with 7.8 percent.
Official results are expected at 11:30 pm local time (Monday 04:30 GMT).
The top two candidates will advance to the second round in June.
The election took place on Sunday, one of the deadliest weeks of the Peronor coronavirus epidemic, with people lining up to vote to provide oxygen to infected loved ones. Many voters said they did not vote despite the risk of infection, simply to avoid a ৮৮ 24 ($ 24) fine for not voting.
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Castillo wanted calm
In the northern highlands of Peru, Castillo’s hometown, Kazamarka, was celebrated following an index of preliminary results.
Castillo told supporters, “I am grateful to the Peruvians for this result, and I am asking for peace until the final result.”
Castillo, 51, a primary school teacher and union leader, delayed the survey by proposing to respond to Peru’s poorest people, especially in most rural areas of the country.
Peru – one of the world’s worst-hit COVID-19 hit countries – was in recession in the second quarter of last year after a lockdown forced the tourism sector to shut down and cripple. More than 54,600 people have died since COVID-19, while 4 million people have lost their jobs and another five million have fallen into poverty.
Peru has also been fascinated by political uprisings driven by high-level corruption claims.
The election comes on Sunday, just months after the country’s political turmoil receded in November, when three were named president a week after Congress accused one of corruption, and protests forced his successor to resign.
Castillo has promised to restructure the country’s 227-year-old constitution, one of the main demands of the young elite, who began anti-government protests last year to weaken the business elite and give the state a more influential role in these sectors. As mining, oil, hydropower, gas and communications.
Fujimori, the daughter of jailed former president Alberto Fujimori, tweeted on Sunday that she was optimistic she would run in the next contest. “I have great faith that our inclusion will be confirmed in the next few hours,” he wrote.
Peruvians also voted for legislators who make up the country’s 130-seat Congress.
The results of an exit poll for the competition published by Ipsos Peru suggest that Congress will continue to split, with 11 parties meeting on the threshold of 5 per cent for representation but no party will achieve a clear majority, with potential policy-making obstacles.
Popular Action Party candidates Lescano and Castillo’s Free Peru party each received 10.7 percent of the vote, according to an Ipsos poll.
It is followed by Fujimori’s Popular Force Party with 9.5 percent, Lopez Aliagara’s Popular Reform Party with 8.8 percent, De Soto’s Country Forward Party with 8.4 percent, businessman Caesar Aquinar with Prog.9 percent and Mendoza’s Progressive Party. Together for the Peruvian team for.7 percent, according to the results of the exit survey