1 million ballots to be printed daily for May polls: Comelec

Christian V. Esguerra, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 14 2019 12:23 PM

MANILA—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday inspected machines capable of printing 1 million ballots daily in time for the midterm elections in May.

Production is set from Jan. 22 to April 30, with the National Printing Office (NPO) needing to print ballots for each of the estimated 61 million registered voters, said director Vicky Dulcero, vice chairman of the poll body’s printing committee.

The Comelec is still resolving petitions against candidacy applications in the May 13 polls. The final list of candidates expected by next week.

Dulcero gave reporters a tour of the NPO facilities in Quezon City, showing off machines currently printing remaining ballots for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite.

These will be the same printing machines to be used for the May 13 ballots, she said.

Printing for the ballots for the Feb. 6 BOL plebiscite covering Lanao del Norte, except Iligan City, and North Cotabato is expected to be completed this week, she said.

“We’re almost done,” she told reporters. “In a day or two we’ll be able to deliver (them) to our packing and shipping committee for the delivery of ballots.”

Ballots for the first BOL plebiscite on Jan. 21 were already printed last December, she said.

The plebiscite will ask voters to decide whether to ratify a new law, creating an expanded Bangsamoro region with will enjoy billions of pesos in additional resources.

Other areas will be asked if they want to be part of the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.