A candidate in Peru's forthcoming general election to mark the transition from military to civilian rule has started a hunger strike because he can't get his party officially registered.
LV AND CU: Blanco supporters with party flags outside electoral office building with police at gates. (4 shots)
SV: Left-wing candidate Hugo Blanco seated facing reporters inside building.
CU PAN FROM: Sign in Spanish calling for legalisation of PRT via hunger strike TO Blanco speaking in Spanish
SV: Newsmen film Blanco speaking.
CU PAN AND LV: From Policeman on door of another room TO various newsmen surrounding Blanco resting in armchair reading book,
CU AND SV: Blanco reading with supporter beside him holding hunger strike sign. (3 shots)
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Background: A candidate in Peru's forthcoming general election to mark the transition from military to civilian rule has started a hunger strike because he can't get his party officially registered. Hugo Blanco, head of the left wing Revolutionary Worker's Party is staging the protest at the electoral offices in Lima. I's not the first time Mr. Blanco has had election problems. In 1978 he was exiled during the campaign for the constituent assembly and was only allowed to take up his seat under a political amnesty.
SYNOPSIS: Supporters of the newly formed PRT (Revolutionary Workers' Party) stood outside the electoral offices in a show of solidarity with their leaders. All parties must present the signatures of forty thousand supporters to the National Electoral Body before they may take part in any election as a legally registered organisation. Although the PRT has fulfilled this requirement the Electoral Body has refused registration, claiming some of the signatures are not authentic.
In a statement to newsmen Mr Blanco claimed the Electoral Board's action was repressive. He said his hunger strike was in protest against what he termed the persecution of his party, and the manipulative tactics of the Board.
The PRT was intending to fight the forthcoming congressional and municipal elections as a separate body. For the Presidential election campaign the party had banded together with five other leftist organisations to form a coalition under the umbrella title of the ARI; (The Revolutionary Alliance of the Left). The ARI recently chose Mr Blanco as their presidential candidate but unless the PRT gains official registration he will have to drop out of the Presidential race.