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Peru Rejects Bid to Delay Runoff Vote

May 19, 2000|Reuters

LIMA, Peru — The National Election Board on Thursday rejected a request by Peruvian opposition candidate Alejandro Toledo to postpone a May 28 runoff against President Alberto Fujimori, throwing the election into doubt.

Toledo had refused a few hours earlier to participate in the runoff if it is held as scheduled, saying there was not enough time to resolve fears of fraud and unfair voting conditions.

"A delay in the date of the second election has been rejected," a statement from the election panel said.

Toledo said that, because of problem-plagued computers, he had asked for a delay until June 18 to allow enough time for election monitors to ensure a fair process. Fujimori had refused to consider a change of date.

A spurt in support for Toledo robbed Fujimori of an outright win in the April 9 election amid opposition street protests sparked by fears of fraud after a slow vote count and computer glitches.

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