The Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blink, urged that this weekend’s elections in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru be “fair, free and peaceful“, Y asked that the results be respected.
“On behalf of the people of the United States, I wish the citizens of Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru a successful electoral process on April 11, that is developed in a fair, free, accessible and peaceful way. As part of our effort to protect and strengthen democracies, we must recognize that free and fair elections for all citizens are only one step in this process, since free and fair voting must be accompanied by respect for the results, fundamental freedoms and accountability, “he said in a statement.
And I add: “Democracy flourishes when citizens and governments actively promote equality before the law and human rights for all, and democracy thrives when we address these fundamental pillars with determination and determination. The history of the Americas and other regions has shown that it is very difficult for societies that follow an undemocratic path to regain lost ground. To prevent that from happening, everyone we must be attentive to the strengthening of our democratic institutions in support of the rule of law, freedom of the press and good governance, and establish systems that solve problems and allow us to move towards a more auspicious future ”.
“In September, it will be 20 years since the nations of the Americas met in Lima to sign the Inter-American Democratic Charter, which establishes that ‘democracy is a system of life founded on freedom and the economic, social and cultural improvement of the peoples’. This Sunday and thereafter, we convey our best wishes to those who celebrate and preserve that democratic way of life.”, He concluded.
In the midst of the pandemic and crisis, Peru and Ecuador hold presidential elections this sunday and Bolivia a second round of elections to elect the governors of La Paz, Tarija, Chuquisaca and Pando.
In the case of Peru, there are no favorites for the elections and no candidate exceeds 13%, according to the latest polls published in the country, which since 2018 has seen four presidents pass.
Keiko Fujimori, daughter and political heir of former President Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000), was placed first in voting intention, with a slim advantage within a fivefold technical draw, according to two polls released this Thursday.
Both the Ipsos and Datum polls coincide in attributing the first place to Fujimori with 12.9% of the valid votes, ahead of the other seventeen candidates fighting for the Presidency of Peru, although there is also a high quota of undecided .
Ecuador, on the other hand, celebrates a close second round between the left-wing candidate Andrés Arauz – a dolphin of former president Rafael Correa – and the right-wing banker, Guillermo Lasso.
Arauz said he was sure of his victory, he called on his supporters to “take care of the votes” and to “go out to the streets” that night to “celebrate the popular victory.” The 36-year-old young candidate stated that one of his tasks if he reaches the government will be to build a “new historical block“To bring together the social and productive forces of the country, with the aim of solving the economic and health crisis that, according to what he said, leaves the outgoing government of Lenín Moreno.
For its part, Lasso called for national unity to overcome the crisis in the Andean country. “Ecuador needs us together to face the future with determination and will,” he said.