This October 5th, municipal and regional elections will take place in Cuzco, as in the rest of the country. For months now political parties have been intensifying their campaigns in hopes to obtain political position and power.
If you walk or drive up and down the streets of the city you cannot miss the signs of an election in process.
On the posts and walls of the city you find flyers and posters of the different candidates who wish to be recognized in the elections. Even the city’s homes, outside the colonial core, have been painted with electoral designs. Political graffiti is increasingly appearing anywhere there are passersby, following an old tradition.
This is one way that people become informed about the candidates for the elections of 2014.
With bands of musicians they march through the city to announce their plans for government accompanied by the sympathizers. They organize fiestas with orchestras and other musical groups, and dances. They do all of this to get people to come and learn about the party in hopes of winning the people’s support.
All of the political parties use words and phrases such as: “No to Corruption”, “For Something Just”, “More Jobs”, and other themes on health, education, etc. These items find place in their plan and in their hopes to claim important governmental positions to bring them about.
Not only do the parties present themselves for the regional presidency and affiliated offices, they also take positions for the municipal governments of each of Cuzco’s districts, such as Cuzco, Wanchac, San Sebastián, San Jeronimo, and Santiago, among others. The parties include: the Movimiento Regional Autogobierno Ayllu, Movimiento Regional Fuerza Inka Amazonica, Accion Popular, and Kausachun Cusco.
Through the media, such as television, radio, newspapers, and internet the candidates and their parties are waging their battles as well. They present themselves to the people and explain what they plan to do if they are elected this October 5th.
For these elections, it is very important the population be informed and have knowledge about the varying plans for governing of the political parties. In this way people can make the correct decision for the benefit of our region and our city. We look for a party that will look out for and take care of its people.