We just had elections in Peru. These elections were not for the president, but for local and regional officials. You are required to vote in Peru. If you don’t you will be fined. So yes it is a democracy, but you are not free to not vote without a fine. Because of this, everyone gets very involved in the process. Plus, they are fearful of missing their elections. You have to vote where you are registered, like in the US, but here there is no absentee ballot, so people are traveling for hours to get back to where they are registered to vote. In Curahuasi, everyone congregates in the main plaza at the end of the day to hear the results.
It is like a party! We have a new mayor in Curahuasi. Our kids were a little disappointed, because they are classmates with the former mayors son. As a mission we had a good relationship with the former mayor. I hope we continue to have a good relationship with the local officials. Here is an update from the Diospi Suyana Hospital website.
Ing. Danilo Valenza appreciates the work of Diospi Suyana
Beginning in January 2015, Ing. Danilo Valenza will be leading the official duties in Curahuasi’s City Hall. On Wednesday morning a delegation of Diospi Suyana representatives brought the new mayor the warmest congratulations. The conversation with Sr. Valenza was characterized by mutual respect and courtesy. He especially appreciates the loving treatment of patients by the hospital staff, said the politician. And if it is somehow possible, he would like to send one of his sons to the Diospi Suyana school.
The staff of Diospi Suyana underlined their willingness to help the local government in areas of health, education, and improving the water system. In January, the signing of a cooperative agreement (Convenio) is envisioned.
We wish Danilo Valenza much success and God’s blessings in his important position.