Comelec has begun the printing of election ballots for the local polls this year.
Comelec chair Andres Bautista said they decided to begin the printing in preparation for the October polls because the decision to postpone it has not been finalized yet.
For his part, former Comelec chair and PPRCV chairman Atty. Rene Sarmiento said Comelec has done just right given the tight schedule.
“Pending the outcome of the talks on Congress dapat po handa po tayo at nag- iimprenta, baka gahulin po sa panahon, ma-postpone man. This is nothing new. This is not new for the Comelec,” Atty. Rene Sarmiento said.
Comelec will spend around Php200-million to complete the printing process.
“Since we are printing 77.2 so it’s Php3 per ballot that’s around 231 million, for the official ballots only,” Printing Committee director Atty. Genevieve Guevarra said.
As the printing begins, the poll body is prioritizing ballots for Batanes, Caraga, Cordillera Administrative Region, regions in the north and lastly, for Metro Manila.
The agency did not include in the list printing of ballots for Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Region due to the ongoing armed conflict in the area.
Comelec targets to print a total of 100,000 to 1.5 million ballots every day for the month of August.
Come September, the agency plans to expedite the processing to accomplish two million daily output until October 9.
Overall, Comelec targets to complete the printing of the 77.2 million official ballots in the next 60 days. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News and Rescue