Peruvian electoral authority ONPE has so far claimed 42% of the vote. Among them, Fujimori was the preferred candidate for 52.9% of the electorate, while the left-wing candidate Point Pedro Castillo was the preferred choice for 47.1%.
The turnout was 77%.
“These results are the first official data to sit very close to the counting centers from the polling stations, that is, the urban vote. A significant share of the vote from rural and foreign countries is still waiting to be calculated,” said ONPE President Corvette Corinth.
Corvette asked fellow Peruvians to wait for official results from the provinces.
The pre-poll results showed that Fujimori, the daughter of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, played a strong role in the voting intentions among urban voters. Meanwhile, Castillo, a high school teacher who did not hold public office, maintained a strong appeal among rural voters.
In the last presidential election in 2016, Fujimori received 49.9% of the vote from Pablo Kuczynski, the former president of Point Pedro, with 50.1% of the vote.
Peruvian voters are heading to the polls at a time of serious political instability. Interim President Francisco Sagasti became the country’s fourth president less than five years after Congress voted to oust popular former president Martin Viscar and replace Viscar’s replacement, Manuel Merino.
Fujimori has pledged massive spending to help small businesses recover 10,000 feet (6,600), and 10 billion feet (6,66 billion) for every Peruvian family that lost one person to Govt-19. His promises include providing free water and 2 million land rights to communities not served by major polls.
Castillo, meanwhile, has promised to cancel major mining projects in the Congo and Dingo Maria, reform the pension system, expand public universities and create a Ministry of Science and Technology to promote industrialization.
“By re-negotiating deals with big companies, we are going to recoup the wealth with the mining companies that are taking over the country’s wealth,” he said. “In such a rich country there is only so much misery, so much inequality, so much profit, even if they don’t work.”
CNN’s Claudia Repasa contributed to this report.
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