Peruvian general election, 2016

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Peruvian general election, 2016

← 2011 10 April 2016 and 5 June 2016 2021 →
Turnout 81.8% (first round) [1] Decrease 1.9%
80.06% (run off) [1] Decrease 1.74%

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Nominee Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Keiko Fujimori
Party Peruvians for Change Popular Force
Running mate Martín Vizcarra
Mercedes Aráoz
José Chlimper
Vladimiro Huaroc [a]
Popular vote 8,596,937[1] 8,555,880[1]
Percentage 50.1% 49.9%

Ballot results by region.

President before election

Ollanta Humala
Peru Wins

Elected President

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
Peruvians for Change

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General elections took place in Peru on 10 April 2016 to determine the president, vice-presidents, composition of the Congress of the Republic of Peru and the Peruvian representatives of the Andean Parliament.

In Congress, Popular Force won in a landslide, taking more than a third of the vote and an absolute majority of 73 out of 130 seats. Behind them in opposition, Peruvians for Change with 18 seats and Broad Front with 20 seats.

In the race for the presidency, incumbent President Ollanta Humala was ineligible to run due to constitutional term limits. Popular Force candidate Keiko Fujimori, daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, won the first round with almost 40 per cent of the vote but fell short of the 50 per cent majority required to avoid a second round. Peruvians for Change candidate Pedro Pablo Kuczynski narrowly beat Broad Front candidate Verónika Mendoza to compete in the second round, which took place on 5 June 2016. With support from those opposing Fujimori, Kuczynski overturned the first round result and won by a narrow margin of less than half a percentage point. He was sworn in as President on 28 July.

Eventually, after a vote buying scandal, Kuczynski was forced to resign on 21 March 2018. Then incumbent vice president Martin Vizcarra was sworn in as President on 23 March.


The President of Peru is elected using the two-round system. The first round was held on 10 April and the second on 5 June. The 130 members of the Congress of the Republic are elected in 25 multi-member constituencies using open list proportional representation.[2]

On 13 November 2015, incumbent President Ollanta Humala called for a general election to be held on 10 April 2016. He said that he would respect the constitutional term limit restrictions and would not seek to run again for the presidency in this election.[3]


Campaign highlights[edit]

President Ollanta Humala officially called for elections on November 2015. The presidential tickets were to be filed with the electoral authority by January 10, 2016. Congressional lists were to be filed with the electoral authority by February 10, 2016.

In March 2016, presidential candidates Julio Guzmán from All for Peru and César Acuña Peralta from Alliance for Progress were barred from the election. Guzmán was barred due to a violation of party rules in the party's internal election. Acuña Peralta was barred due to monetary giveaways during a campaign rally, which is a violation of an electoral law enacted by Congress in November 2015.[4]

Keiko Fujimori was a highly polarizing figure during the election. She is the daughter of the controversial former president Alberto Fujimori, who was serving time in prison at the time. She was popular among the poor, and among loyalists who credit Fujimori with the defeat of Shining Path. This popularity allowed her to win in the first round of the presidential elections. She was viewed unfavorably by a number of people who oppose Fujimori for human rights abuses and corrupt practices, and who feared that her victory would mark a return of Fujimorismo. Mendoza, who placed third and could not stand in the runoff election, gave her full endorsement to Kuczynski, in order to prevent Fujimori's victory.[5]

Main presidential candidates[edit]

in alphabetical order

Candidates included in this section have received more than 5% in approval ratings in recent national polls.[6]
Alfredo Barnechea Keiko Fujimori Alan García Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Verónika Mendoza
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Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.jpg
Verónika Mendoza (cropped).jpg
Member of Congress
Member of Congress
President of Peru
(1985–1990 / 2006–2011)
President of the Council of Ministers of Peru
Member of Congress
Popular Action Popular Force Popular Alliance (APRA-PPC) Peruvians for Change Broad Front
4th Place (6.97%) To run off, 39.85% 5th Place (5.82%) To run off, 21.05% 3rd Place (18.82%)

Other candidates[edit]

The following gained less than 5% in the last approval ratings, below the Election threshold or valla electoral.

Disqualified candidates[edit]

Voluntarily withdrawn[edit]


First round results by Regions. Orange = Fujimori, Pink = Kuczynski, Green = Mendoza, Yellow = Santos
Second round results by Regions. Orange = Fujimori, Pink = Kuczynski


The first round was held on 10 April. Exit polls indicated that Keiko Fujimori placed first in the first round of voting with approximately 40% of the vote, with Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and Veronika Mendoza each receiving approximately 20%.[12]

The second round was held on 5 June. Exit polls indicated that Pedro Pablo Kuczynski held a slight lead over Keiko Fujimori. As counting continued, the gap narrowed significantly. Preliminary results gave Kuczynski a 0.25 per cent advantage over Fujimori, with less than 50,000 votes between them. Approximately 50,000 votes were challenged during the count.[13] Fujimori conceded the election to Kuczynski on 10 June.[14]

Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Keiko Fujimori Popular Force 6,115,073 39.86 8,555,880 49.88
Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Peruvians for Change 3,228,661 21.05 8,596,937 50.12
Verónika Mendoza Broad Front 2,874,940 18.74
Alfredo Barnechea Popular Action 1,069,360 6.97
Alan García Popular Alliance 894,278 5.83
Gregorio Santos Direct Democracy 613,173 4.00
Fernando Olivera Hope Front 203,103 1.32
Alejandro Toledo Possible Peru 200,012 1.30
Miguel Hilario Developing Peru 75,870 0.49
Antero Flores Aráoz Order Party 65,673 0.43
Invalid/blank votes 3,393,987 1,190,079
Total 18,734,130 100 18,342,896 100
Registered voters/turnout 22,901,954 81.80 22,901,954 80.09
Source: ONPE, ONPE


Popular Force won in a landslide, taking more than a third of the vote and an absolute majority of 73 out of 130 seats. Behind them in opposition, Peruvians for Change with 18 seats and Broad Front with 20 seats. Other parties which gained representation in Congress include Alliance for the Progress of Peru (9 seats), Popular Alliance (5 seats) and Popular Action (5 seats).[15]

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Party Vote % Seats
Popular Force 4,431,077 36.34 73
Peruvians for Change 2,007,710 16.47 18
Broad Front 1,700,052 13.94 20
Alliance for the Progress of Peru 1,125,682 9.23 9
Popular Alliance 1,013,735 8.31 5
Popular Action 877,734 7.20 5
Direct Democracy 528,301 4.33 0
Possible Peru 286,980 2.35 0
Hope Front 139,634 1.15 0
Order Party 68,474 0.56 0
Developing Peru 14,663 0.12 0
Invalid/blank votes
Total 12,194,042 100 130
Registered voters/turnout 22,901,954
Source: ONPE


  1. ^ Excluded from campaign


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  2. ^ [1] IFES
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  14. ^ "Peru elections: Keiko Fujimori concedes to Kuczynski". BBC News. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
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