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The BBC's James Reynolds in Lima
"The result was greeted with cheers by Alejandro Toledo"
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Thursday, 13 April, 2000, 00:12 GMT 01:12 UK
Peru's 'tainted' poll goes to run-off
Crowd in Lima
Thousands gathered to hear Mr Toledo on Tuesday
Peru's presidential election will go to a second round after President Alberto Fujimori narrowly failed to win a simple majority.

Fraud allegations
Mr Toledo allegedly cut from bottom of ballot at several polling centres
Mr Fujimori's party allegedly delivered ballots supporting him
Several reports of people with false documents voting in other people's names
Reports of ballot papers being treated with wax to prevent marks being placed next to anyone other than Mr Fujimori

The move averts a possible political crisis after the main challenger, Alejandro Toledo, said he would not recognise a first round victory by the president.

Opinion poll figures taken before and immediately after Sunday's election had given Mr Toledo the lead.

On Wednesday, the head of the electoral authority, Jose Portillo, said that with 97.68% of the ballots counted, Mr Fujimori had 49.84%, and could only expect another 0.05%.

Mr Toledo, who is now backed by most of the other first-round candidates, won 40.31%. A run-off election will be scheduled for late May or early June.

The challenger immediately began to celebrate with thousands of supporters in a square in the capital Lima.

"The voice of the people has won. there will be a second round," Mr Toledo said.

The announcement followed lengthy delays and heated protests across Peru.

Fujimori
President Fujimori claims the elections were fair and free

Throughout the campaign and vote, international election monitors had sharply criticised Mr Fujimori's government for using dirty tricks and intimidation to ensure another five years in power.

The United States had warned that serious questions would be asked if the results did not lead to a second round.

Mr Fujimori maintains the election was free and fair.

'Rebellion' call

Lima was calm on Wednesday, following a massive rally by Mr Toledo's supporters on Tuesday night.

Toledo
Mr Toledo has called for a peaceful rebellion

In front of thousands of supporters outside his campaign headquarters, Mr Toledo called for a national strike and a "peaceful rebellion".

Many people carried banners emblazoned with the words: "No to dictatorship."

Mr Toledo was accompanied by five of the minor party presidential candidates.

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