Presidential race: 19 candidates put hats in ring
18 January 2016
And in the end there were nineteen. The deadline for inscriptions passed at midnight on 11 January with an unprecedented number of would-be candidates throwing their hats into the ring for the 10 April elections. Below we list (in alphabetical order) who they are, alongside their candidates for first and second vice-presidents respectively.
The majority of them barely figure in voters’ preferences (as defined by opinion polls), and the field is dominated by five candidates: Keiko Fujimori; César Acuña; Pedro Pablo Kuczynski; Alan García and Julio Guzmán (see CPI poll). Barring extraordinary developments, one of these will take over from President Ollanta Humala on 28 July.
For many candidates the exercise is one of self-publicity, in some cases with a view to winning visibility for the following presidential elections in 2021. Some of the vice-presidential candidates may run for Congress too, hoping that the extra exposure they gain will help them to secure seats. Presidential candidates are barred from standing at the same time for Congress, but vice-presidential candidates may do so.
The great majority of candidates are from the right wing or centre-right. The main candidates for the left are just two: Gregorio Santos (who will be campaigning from jail) and Veronika Mendoza, though some consider Yehude Simón as ‘centre-left’. The campaign has thrown up some strange bed-fellows of left-wingers running on right-wing tickets, for instance Susana Villarán is running as Daniel Orresti’s vice-presidential candidate, and Vladimiro Huaroc as Keiko Fujimori’s running mate.
The number of candidates running means that it is all but certain that there will be a second round, probably in early June. The candidates in alphabetical order are:
César Acuña (Alianza para el Progreso, APP). Humberto Lay; Anel Townsend
Alfredo Barnechea (Acción Popular). Víctor Andrés García Belaunde; Edmundo de Aguila
Felipe Castillo Alfaro (Siempre Unidos). Guillermo Ruiz; Isaac Humala
Vladimir Cerrón Rojas (Peru Libertario). Jorge Paredes; Jesús Zárate
Francisco Diez Canseco (Perú Nación). Claudio Zolla; Margarita Gamboa
Antero Flores Araóz (Orden). Rómulo Mucho; Mery Botton
Keiko Fujimori (Fuerza Popular). José Chlimper; Vladimiro Huaroc
Alan García (Alianza Popular, APRA+PPC). Lourdes Flores; David Salazar
Nano Guerra García (Solidaridad Nacional). José Luna; Gustavo Rondón
Julio Guzmán (Todos Por El Perú). Maura Umasi; Carolina Lizárraga
Miguel Hilario (Progresando Perú). Manuel Ponce; Silvia Pareja
Pedro-Pablo Kuczynski (Peruanos Por El Kambio). Marín Vizcarra; Mercedes Aráoz
Verónika Mendoza (Frente Amplio). Marco Arana; Alan Fairlie
Fernando Olivera (Frente Esperanza). Carlos Cuaresma; Juana Avellaneda
Renzo Reggiardo Barreto (Peru Patria Segura). Milushka Carrasco; Carlos Vicente
Gregorio Santos (Democracia Directa). Andrés Alcántara; Simón Chipana
Yehude Simón (Partido Humanista). Rosa Mávila; Yorka Gamarra
Alejandro Toledo (Perú Posible). Marcial Ayaipoma; Carmen Omonte
Daniel Urresti (Partido Nacionalista Peruano). Susana Villarán; Maciste Díaz