Two gubernatorial candidates under investigation for drug trafficking-related crimes have won election in Peru and two face runoffs after a nationwide vote for mayors, governors and municipal councils.
That’s according to unofficial results from Sunday’s balloting.
Hundreds of candidates suspected of ties to drug trafficking were on the ballot in what authorities called the nation’s most violent campaign in years.
Authorities reported more than 100 incidents of election-day violence, including the destruction of ballot boxes, temporary seizures of polling stations and destruction of vehicles.
Gerardo Tavara of the electoral watchdog group Transparencia says Peru hasn’t seen electoral violence on this scale since the 1990s during the Shining Path insurgency. Two mayoral candidates were slain in gangland-style killings during the campaign, both in cocaine-trafficking corridors.