2ND RUN-OFF LIKELY AS 18 BETS SEEK PERU PRESIDENCY
More than a dozen candidates were vying for the highest office in Peru's presidential election on Sunday.
None of the candidates is predicted to garner more than 10 percent of the vote, according to opinion polls ahead of election day, making a second-round run-off all but certain, Denis Deuttmann reported for Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa). Undecided voters constitute the largest block in society.
The favorites to go into the run-off include populist Yonhy Lescano, economist Hernando de Soto, left-wing former member of parliament Veronika Mendoza, daughter of former ruler Alberto Fujimori, Keiko Fujimori, and the ultra-conservative entrepreneur Rafael Lopez.
"I'm in good spirits," Fujimori said outside the offices of her right-wing party Fuerza Popular, calling on candidates to accept the election results. "I believe it is time for a change," Mendoza said on election day at a traditional breakfast on her father's farm in the Andahuaylillas district of southern Peru.
"These are very important elections," Francisco Sagasti, Peru's outgoing president, said after casting his vote. "We not only have the privilege and the right, but also the duty to go and vote." Sagasti himself is not a candidate in the election. The past year in Peruvian politics has been marked by a bitter conflict between the government and Congress.