LIMA, Peru (AP) — The Latest on Peru’s presidential election (all times local):
Voting is just getting underway in Peru, but some of the 3 million Peruvians living abroad have already cast ballots.
Around 885,000 Peruvians are eligible to vote abroad, representing about 3.8 percent of the electorate. If the results are close and turnout abroad is high, ballots cast in the 234 voting stations at embassies and consulates worldwide could prove decisive.
Both candidates spent money courting Peruvians abroad and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski even traveled to the United States for a campaign event in Paterson, New Jersey. More than 500,000 Peruvians live in the U.S.
Keiko Fujimori is counting on strong support among the roughly 50,000 Peruvians living in Japan, many of them like her descendants of immigrants to Peru. Her father, Alberto Fujimori, fled to Japan at the end of his turbulent presidency in the 1990s and is still a revered figure in the Asian country.
Polls are open in Peru’s presidential election. Around 23 million people are eligible to vote at over 5,000 polling stations spread across the country.
Voting is mandatory in Peru about 10 percent of voters usually cast blank or destroyed ballots to express their disregard for the process.