WOLA Elections Monitor
By Cynthia McClintock
APRA has long been considered Peru’s only institutionalized party. Yet, in the 2011 presidential elections, the party is not fielding a candidate and it is expected that the party will have only a small representation in Peru’s congress. At first, former economics minister Mercedes Araoz was to be the party’s presidential candidate, but, amid low poll numbers and a conflict with one of the party’s most important leaders, she withdrew.
By Jo-Marie Burt and Coletta Youngers
Peruvians head to the polls on Sunday, April 10 in what are shaping up to be the most volatile and unpredictable presidential and congressional elections in recent memory. With no candidate likely to get the 50 percent of the vote needed to win in the first round, a second round of voting for President on June 5 is virtually assured. The most recent polls indicate that populist candidate Ollanta Humala will be the top-vote getter on Sunday and will easily make it to the first round —as he did in 2006, only to be routed by Alan Garcia. But it remains unclear who among his contenders will compete with him in the second round.