Hacktivist Group Anonymous Accuses Peruvian Authorities of Election Fraud

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The hacking group Anonymous has given the president of Peru’s National Elections Jury (JNE), Jorge Salas Arenas, 48 hours to resign, otherwise it threatens to expose evidence of his alleged lack of impartiality in organizing the recent presidential race.

Peru held the first round of presidential election in April. None of 18 candidates managed to get an absolute majority of votes. The runoff was held on June 6, but no winner has been declared yet. According to the preliminary results, left-wing candidate Pedro Castillo won the election with 50.2% of the vote, beating his right-wing candidate and daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, Keiko Fujimori, who received 49.8%.

“In search of the truth this week we have found a lot of evidence of fraud, as well as negotiations with intermediary agents, especially with Jorge Salas Arenas, judges and other people linked with politics. It is for this reason that we give 48 hours to the president of the National Elections Jury to resign,” the hacktivist group said on Saturday.

Otherwise, Anonymous threatens to publish audios, documents and foreign bank movements that would prove Arenas’ alleged guilt and lack of impartiality.

“We demand transparency but we allow all Peruvian government agencies and especially the National Elections Jury to be transparent and honest with citizens,” the group said.

Earlier this month, the Organization of American States mission said that it had not detected any serious irregularities during the election.

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