Peru's President says general elections still on track for April 11



13:59 | Arequipa (Arequipa region), Mar. 30.

The President of the Republic Francisco Sagasti on Tuesday affirmed that general elections will be held inevitably on April 11, following the protocols established by electoral authorities and the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

Speaking from Arequipa, where he delivered complete sets of ICU equipment to two hospitals, the Head of State affirmed that the situation in Chile —which has postponed its Constitutional Assembly election— is different from that of Peru.

"Under no circumstances (will elections be suspended). The situation in Chile is different from that of Peru. Chile is facing a more complicated situation, and it is due to elect a Constitutional Assembly, while we will elect a President and Congress here," he explained.

According to the statesman, the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE), the National Electoral Board (JNE), and the Ministry of Health (Minsa) are working together to hold a safe election, the number of polling stations have tripled, and citizens are being informed how to vote safely.

"General elections will be held inevitably on April 11," the President said in statements to the press.


In addition, the Peruvian leader stated that the Government is taking measures to prevent people from jumping the queue in the vaccination process, which began with forefront healthcare workers and then covered members of the Armed Forces and National Police, firefighters, as well as people over 80 years.

The country's top official said that the Government expects to vaccinate 3.5 million Peruvians by July 28 this year, but if the vaccine purchase negotiations are successful, this number could triple.


Published: 3/30/2021
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