THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has finally started printing of official ballots for the May 2016 local and national elections after it was delayed for two days because of an error on ballot faces containing names of officials candidates.
Director Genevieve Guevarra, head, Comelec Printing Committee, disclosed on Friday that the corrected ballot faces arrived at the National Printing Office (NPO) early morning of Thursday, and printing resumed at 5 p.m. of the same day.
“Printing is continuous. A total of 898,253 ballots for the overseas absentee voting have already been printed as of 3 p.m.,” she said. “We are hopeful to complete [the printing of]the 1.3 million overseas ballots tonight.”
Thereafter, Guevarra added, they would print the 1863,230 ballots for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Printing started on February 8 but was stopped after it was discovered that the political party of Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, the People’s Reform Party (PRP), was missing.
The error was discovered while printing the FTS or final testing and sealing ballots, which form part of the total 56,772,230 ballots to be printed/ Of the 56.7 million ballots, 54,363,844 would be for local consumption.
They correspond to the total number of registered voters or 1 ballot per voter.
Guevarra pointed out that the glitch created no substantial wastage because only 39 FTS ballots had been printed when the error was discovered.
The printing of ballots has been postponed twice.
Its start was originally set on January 26 but was moved twice to February 1 and to February 8.
Up for grabs in the 2016 polls are the positions for President, Vice President, 12 senators, 115 party-list representatives, 235 district congressmen, 81 governors, 81 vice governors, 772 members of the Sanggunian Panlalawigan, 144 city mayors, 144 city vice mayors, 1,610 city councilors, 1,490 municipal mayors, 1,490 vice mayors, 11,924 municipal councilors and governor, vice governor and 24 assemblymen for ARMM.