Peru’s National Jury of Elections (JNE) officially declared Pedro Castillo the winner of the June 6 presidential election on Monday, ending nearly two months of uncertainty over who would lead the nation.
Castillo, of the Marxist Free Peru party, won a narrow victory over perennial conservative candidate Keiko Fujimori in the June run-off vote. Castillo handily won the first round of presidential elections in April but did not pass the 50-percent threshold necessary to avoid a second round against the runner-up.
Castillo and Fujimori regularly polled within surveys’ margins of error prior to the vote and remained extremely close in vote tallies throughout the initial ballot count. The main delay in declaring Castillo the winner came from a formal petition by Fujimori’s Popular Force party to investigate evidence of ballot fraud on the part of Free Peru. Fujimori’s party contested about 500,000 votes, more than the number of votes