David Samanez Ocampo

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David Samanez Ocampo
Samanez Ocampo.jpg
Interim President of Peru (President of the Southern Junta)
In office
March 11, 1931 – December 8, 1931
Personal details
Born November 4, 1865
Cuzco, Peru Peru
Died July 13, 1947
Cuzco, Peru Peru
Nationality Peruvian
David Samanez Ocampo

David Samanez Ocampo (1865 – 1947)1, the son of José Samanez, served as Interim President of Peru, officially as the President of the Southern Junta, during the transitional period of March to December 1931. He oversaw changes to the electoral statutes that effectively brought the vote to the masses, leading to the critical – if highly controversial – presidential election of December 1931, when Sánchez Cerro defeated Victor Raúl Haya de la Torre. Instrumental in his appointment was his reputation and high prestige among politicians of all factions.

Luis Miguel Sánchez Cerro, after becoming Interim President of Peru (President of the Southern Junta).

Democratic Party[edit]

Ocampo entered politics at an early age, joining the Democratic Party.[1]

Revival of Electoral Law[edit]

One of the widely appreciate achievement of Ocampo's eight-month presidency was the revival of the electoral laws.[1] This he did by drafting a special committee composed of the likes of, among others, Luis E. Valcárcel, Jorge Basadre Grohmann and Luis Alberto Sanchez. The committee established the secret ballot system and introduced provisions for the representation of minorities in the electoral system. The committee also introduced technological innovations to the electoral system, ridding it of the many redundancies.


  1. ^ a b "David Samanez Ocampo". Adonde.com. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 

1. "David Samanez Ocampo". geneanet.org. Retrieved 28 February 2017.

Preceded by
Gustavo Jiménez
Interim President of Peru (President of the Southern Junta)
Succeeded by
Luis Miguel Sánchez Cerro