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Candidates With Shady Pasts in Peru’s Local Elections

LADB Article ID: 79428
Category/Department: Peru
Date: 2014-09-19
By: Elsa Chanduví Jaña

Peru’s regional and municipal elections scheduled for Oct. 5 are clouded by a considerable number of candidates with shady pasts convicted of graft, embezzlement, drug trafficking, and aggravated theft. The Jurado Nacional de Elecciones (JNE) reported that, as of the July 7 deadline, some 14,171 lists of candidates and 116,252 resumes had been submitted nationwide to the Sistema de Registro de Personeros, Candidatos y Observadores Electorales (PECAOE). There were 322 candidates for regional elections, 1,930 for provincial municipal districts, and 11,919 in municipal districts. In Metropolitan Lima, 13 candidates registered to run for provincial mayor. In all, 2,036 mayors and 25 presidents of regional governments will be elected. On Aug. 8, the JNE issued a list of 2,131 candidates who are also on the Registro Nacional de Condenas (national registry of convicted persons), including those in various regional movements who had been convicted of drug trafficking or terrorism. Verita, a candidate-resume search engine created this year by the Utero.pe Web site and the civil association Transparencia, revealed on July 16 that 1,395 candidates throughout Peru have civil and criminal convictions. The largest category, numbering 871, was for failure to pay alimony or child support, followed by 113 candidates sentenced for graft.

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