The results of the presidential race are expected on Sunday evening and president-elect will take office July 1 [Reuters]

Panama City Voters in Panama cast ballots on Sunday to elect their next president, 71 legislators, and hundreds of local government officials.

The country’s 2.7 million voters are expected to vote the ruling Panamenista Party out of office in elections marked by widespread outrage over recent government corruption scandals.

Businessman and former lawmaker Laurentino “Nito” Cortizo is the top contender for the next five-year term as president. For months, the Democratic Revolutionary Party candidate held a double-digit lead in most polls.

“We are very certain the people will ensure the triumph of Nito Cortizo,” his campaign spokesperson Juvy Cano told Al Jazeera.

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