Peruvians Elect President

Lima, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) Peruvians are going to the polls on Sunday to vote in the presidential election runoff, with Ollanta Humala holding a slight lead over rival Keiko Fujimori.

Pollsters Ipsos-Apoyo and Datum on Saturday joined two others, CPI and the Catholic University, in stating that Humala, the candidate of progressive bloc Peru Gana (Peru Wins) was in the lead.

Humala had a vantage of 1 percent to 3.8 percent, with an upward tendency, because less than a week ago, the polls showed Fujimori in the lead.

The latest surveys were confidential, because electoral law forbids the publication of results less than one week before the election, but the figures circulated on the Internet.

Analysts believe good publicity at the end of the campaign and alliances with centrist forces were key to Humanal moving up in the polls.

Another important factor is shocking reminders of the outrages attributed to the government of Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000), father of conservative candidate Keiko.

About 20 million Peruvians over 18 years old are eligible to vote today under tight security by police and soldiers, and special provisions of public order.


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