David Samanez Ocampo

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David Samanez Ocampo
Samanez Ocampo.jpg
74th. President of Peru
In office
March 11, 1931 – December 8, 1931
Personal details
Born 1866
Cusco, Peru
Died July 13, 1947
Lima, Peru
Nationality Peruvian
File:David Samanez Ocampo.jpg
David Samanez Ocampo

David Samanez Ocampo (Cusco, Peru, 1866 – 1947), the son of José Samanez, served as President of Peru during the transitional period of March to December 1931. He oversaw changes to the electoral statutes that effectively brought the vote to the masses, leading to the critical – if highly controversial – presidential election of December 1931, when Sánchez Cerro defeated Victor Raúl Haya de la Torre. Instrumental in his appointment was his reputation and high prestige among politicians of all factions.

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Luis Miguel Sánchez Cerro, after becoming President of Peru

Democratic Party

Ocampo entered politics at an early age, joining the Democratic Party.[1]

Revival of Electoral Law

One of the widely appreciate achievement of Ocampo's eight-month presidency was the revival of the electoral laws.[1] This he did by drafting a special committee composed of the likes of, among others, Luis E. Valcárcel, Jorge Basadre Grohmann and Luis Alberto Sanchez. The committee established the secret ballot system and introduced provisions for the representation of minorities in the electoral system. The committee also introduced technological innovations to the electoral system, ridding it of the many redundancies.


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Preceded by
Gustavo Jiménez
President of Peru
Succeeded by
Luis Miguel Sánchez Cerro