When is the Next Presidential Election in Peru?

Peru elections, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
Pedro Pablo Kuczynski campaigning in Tarapoto, 2011 Presidential Elections. Tony Dunnell

The next presidential election in Peru will take place on April 10, 2016. If the first round of voting does not provide a clear winner, a second round of voting will take place on June 12, 2016.

The newly elected President of Peru will hold the office from 2016 to 2021.

Peruvian Political Parties and Potential Candidates

There are a large number of political parties in Peru, many with a variety of possible candidates.

Major names in the next election include the right-leaning Fuerza Popular party (the fujimoristas), led by Keiko Fujimori, daughter of the controversial former president Alberto Fujimori.

The American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) will also figure, headed by two-time ex-President of Peru Alan García (1985 to 1990, 2006 to 2011).

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) is also running again following an unsuccessful bid in 2011, although his age will work against him (along with claims that he’s “not a true Peruvian”).

Cusco-based congresswoman Verónika Mendoza has entered the fray with a late push during 2016. Whether she can help push Fujimori to a second round remains to be seen.

How Will the Elections Affect Travel in Peru?

Peruvians are legally obliged to vote and face a fine for not doing so. Many Peruvians also have to travel to the town or city where they are registered to vote, meaning public transport can be swamped immediately before and during the election date(s).

Keep this in mind if you are traveling in Peru during the elections.

The Ley Seca (“Dry Law”) will also be put into effect 48 hours before the day of the Presidential vote, ending at midday the day after the vote. This is a form of temporary prohibition, meaning no alcohol will be on sale in stores, bars, restaurants and clubs across Peru during this period.