Peru’s presidential elections are prone to be within the second spherical, Reuters polls present


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A woman casts her vote at a polling station in Lima during the presidential election

LIMA (Reuters) – Less than two months before the presidential election in Peru, five candidates have appeared in the top row of a competition that is heading for a second round, according to an opinion poll published on Sunday.

Support for front runner and former soccer goalkeeper George Forsyth from the conservative National Restoration Party fell by six percentage points to 11%, according to the survey. His closest rival is former Popular Action Party lawmaker and attorney Yonhy Lescano, who has advanced four notches to 10%.

The poll by the Ipsos Peru polling station was published in the El Comercio newspaper.

Right-wing presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori had 8% support in the poll. This is her third run for the presidency. She is the daughter of the incarcerated former President Alberto Fujimori.

Left-wing psychologist and anthropologist Veronika Mendoza has 8% support and retired military officer Daniel Urresti 7%. The centrist economist Julio Guzmán fell three percentage points to 4%.

The survey, in which 1,210 respondents took part between February 10 and 11, had an error rate of 2.81 percentage points.

The election to become the leader of the world’s second largest producer is unpredictable when you consider that eight weeks before the April 11 general election, 32% of Peruvians say they don’t support a candidate or don’t know who to vote for.

A second round of voting will take place on June 6th between the top two eligible voters, if no one gets more than 50% in April.

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