UPDATE 1-Peru mine's jailed foe on course for vote win: partial results

lunes 6 de octubre de 2014 12:16 GYT

(Recasts with partial result; adds Newmont declines comment, share price)

By Patricia Velez and Marco Aquino

LIMA Oct 6 (Reuters) - A jailed opponent of Newmont Mining Corp's proposed $5 billion Conga mine was headed for re-election in Peru's Cajamarca region, provisional results and a pollster's quick count showed on Monday.

A second term as Cajamarca's president for Gregorio Santos will fuel doubts about the Conga mine getting off the ground.

With almost two-thirds of all ballots counted, Santos won 43.7 percent of the vote, the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) said, well above the 30 percent required to avoid a November runoff.

His closest rival, Osias Ramirez, trailed with 22.2 percent, ONPE said.

Cajamarca's fiery leftist leader has spent the past three months in prison after a judge ordered him jailed until August 2015 pending a corruption trial.

Santos has denied wrongdoing and said his imprisonment was designed to ease the way for Newmont's gold and copper project. Peruvian law allows detained citizens to be elected to office, but not if they have been convicted and sentenced to prison.

"To be honest, we expected him to win ... but not with this proportion of the vote," said Olmedo Auris, vice president of Santos' party. "It is a clear message from the people of Cajamarca that they do not want Conga."   Continuación...