7 April 2011/7 abril 2011

Presidential elections are to be held here in Peru this coming Sunday.  All citizens must return to their home town or village to vote or incur a fine.  The fine ranges from S/75 to S/28 depending upon the location; the higher fine is for those in urban areas, and the lower fine is for the most rural of residents.  Campaigning has been going on for well over a year, but it is really ramping up in the last couple of weeks.  Many homes and businesses have covered the exterior walls with various candidates names, slogans, and afiliates running for congress.  The sides of the drainage ditches, walls along the sidewalk and most other available surfaces are also painted with campaign signs.  Vehicles of all kinds are roaming the streets with loud speakers mounted atop blaring speeches and slogans.

Las elecciones presidenciales se llevarán a cabo aquí en el Perú el próximo domingo.  Todos los cuidadanos tienen que regresar a su ciudad o pueblo natal para votar o incurrir una multa.  Las multas oscilan entre S/.75  y S./28 dependiendo de la ubicación.  La multa más alta es para aquellos en las zonas  urbanas, y la multa más bajo es para la población rural.  Los candidatos han estado  campanada por más de un año, pero en realidad es al aumento gradual de en el último par de semanas.   Muchas casas y empresas han cubierto las paredes exteriores con los nombres de varios candidatos, sus lemas y afiliados al Congreso.  Los vehículos de todos tipos están en las calles con altavoces a todo volumen montado encima discursos y consignas.    

There are about 15 candidates running for president.  None of them are expected to win a majority of the vote in the first round.  If this is the case, the two candidates with the most votes will participate in a run off election in June.

Están cerca de 15 candidatos que se presentan por elección a presidente.  Ningún está espesar a ganar un  mejor de las votas.  En eso caso, los dos candidatos con los más votas, participan en un otra elección en junio.

Juana and Sanchez will leave here on Friday to travel to their home village outside of Piura.  They will return in ten days.  We will definitely miss them!

Juana y Sánches saldrá de aquí el viernes para viajar a su pueblo natal fuera de Piura.  Ellos regresarán en diez días.   Definitivamente vamos a extrañarles  mucho.


1 Comment

  1. So interesting to hear about the elections. Do you have any feelings about any of the candidates? Are there extreme right and left candidates? Interesting that they have to return to their own towns with this being the computer age. Keep us posted. Yes you will miss Juana and Sanchez….what’s on the menu for the next 10 days? You’ll have fun, but be glad to see them, I know

    Haven’t seen anything arrive yet for your Molalla home. Hope that all goes smooth and is able to close for you soon.

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