David Pereda Z. and La República Sur Newsroom
The complaint of fraud what did he do fujimorism against the last presidential elections it continues to fall: seven prosecutors have already filed the cases and another 17 await a similar fate because there is no former member of the electoral table who asserts that their signature was forged, as alleged People’s Force to annul votes in parts of the country where it had very adverse results.
In 2000, with Alberto Fujimori and Vladimiro Montesinos in government, Fujimorism achieved the fraud of re-election. Twenty-one years later, the fraud has been the complaint that votes were stolen by supplanting members of electoral tables. With this accusation, he filed nearly a thousand lawsuits to annul votes. In this way, he sought to reverse the advantage with which his rival, Professor Pedro Castillo, today President of the Republic, won him.
The demands of Fuerza Popular to the electoral justice entities delayed the proclamation of the winner and took away time for the transfer of government. In addition, they motivated their followers, including violent right-wing groups that harassed electoral authorities and even the press.
YOU CAN SEE: Investigation of the Prosecutor’s Office confirms that there was no electoral fraud
The National Elections Jury (JNE) and the juries of first instance rejected these demands due to the lack of solid evidence and managed to prevent the election from falling due to the delay. However, the JNE sent the cases to the Prosecutor’s Office so that, with more time available, it could deal with them within its jurisdiction.
Months later, the Prosecutor’s Office began to confirm that there was no alleged electoral fraud denounced by Fujimorism. It is verified that, rather, that accusation has been a fraud that tried to annul the election.
From August to December 2021, the prosecutors of Áncash, San Martín, Cajamarca, Arequipa and Cusco, after their preliminary investigations, determined that They are unsubstantiated cases and they were sent to the archive.
YOU CAN SEE: Experts believe that the opposition should not insist on alleged electoral fraud after a fiscal decision
In their inquiries, the alleged supplanted denied any usurpation or forgery of their signatures. Other witnesses who were polling station members and operators of electoral entities agreed.
The last filing reported by the Prosecutor’s Office to the JNE was a case in the district of Sicuani, in Cusco. Fuerza Popular demanded that the votes of table 015436 be annulled because it considered that the signature of one of its members, Judith Ccuno Aronaca, was false because it was different from that of her national identity document (DNI).
Ccuno declared to the Prosecutor’s Office that he had changed his signature two years ago after ill health. Another member of that table confirmed to the Prosecutor’s Office that there was no irregularity.
YOU CAN SEE: Piero Corvetto: “The discourse of fraud is that of lies, similar to anti-vaccines”
Of 17 cases pending in the Prosecutor’s Office, in Áncash, Pasco, Huánuco, San Martín, Huancavelica, and Ayacucho, several indicated as supplanted have already publicly rejected these denunciations of Fujimorism. Other cases did not reach the Prosecutor’s Office because they remained in the electoral juries of first instance, but the then members of the table indicated by the Fujimori hope to be vindicated.
“I would like to denounce Mrs. Keiko Fujimori and her party, Fuerza Popular. I will not do it because I know that they will laugh at my complaint and probably five years from now they will just pronounce everything against me. How easily they damage the honor of people. They blame you for fraud and those who don’t know you believe.” says Bertín Catacora, who was a member of the polling station in the Puno district of Acora.
“How nice that they realize we didn’t do anything. We had nothing to gain by doing that. Don’t harm people out of the blue, if you don’t have proof,” says Roxana Asencio, who presided over a polling station in the district of Ichuña, Moquegua.
YOU CAN SEE: RMP on Keiko Fujimori: “Will he apologize? I doubt it”
Several affected, who served as members of the table, agree that those responsible must ask for forgiveness.
damage and persistence
“These allegations of fraud are proving to be grossly irresponsible. An electoral system was called into question that, despite its limitations, had made notable progress in the last two decades. Y mobilized fiscal resources that should have been elsewhere. It would be decent (for them to apologize), a first gesture to assume responsibilities”, says Samuel Rotta, executive director of Proética.
But in Congress, a commission is investigating alleged irregularities in last year’s general elections.
YOU CAN SEE: They point out that the commission that investigates alleged electoral fraud makes unnecessary expenses
“I cannot say what we are going to do because we are working in a reserved way. Each entity with its own. The Prosecutor’s Office will see the legal part, we are investigating the process in its entirety. We have already asked for this information and we will value it”, argued Congressman Jorge Montoya, from the Popular Renovation caucus, president of the commission.
In the following weeks, the JNE will receive more conclusions from the Prosecutor’s Office.
YOU CAN SEE: Vásquez: Congressmen who defended electoral fraud should be investigated in Ethics
Citizens’ decision faced risk
Luis Alberto Sánchez, general secretary of the JNE, reported that “compared to previous processes, the burden increased by 13,500%” due to 1,088 requests for annulment with 270 appeals and another 84 appeals of observed minutes. “The appeals were resolved in 27 days so that by July 28 there could be a new legitimately elected government,” he explained.
If there had been no official result until that date, established in the Constitution for the change of government, the election was in danger of falling.
YOU CAN SEE: Anahí Durand: “The lie of electoral fraud hurt the country”
Dina Boluarte, Vice President of the Republic
“The country was harmed and, in addition, people with names and surnames were directly affected by the false narrative of fraud. Reparation is an important part of attempts at truth and justice.”
Piero Corvetto, head of the ONPE
“All of them, including Vargas Llosa, who I believe has been completely misinformed, owe the country a great apology. I hope to hear from everyone, even those who said that if I didn’t deliver the signatures I was a thief”.
Samuel Rotta, Executive Director of Proethics
“It is checking that these allegations of fraud were grossly irresponsible. It would be decent (for them to apologize), a first gesture to assume responsibilities, try to amend the irresponsibility”.