Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Philippine Comelec Official Ballot

ALL is set for the printing of more than 52 million official ballots for the May 13, 2013 scheduled on February 4 at the National Printing Office (NPO) in Quezon City, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the printing of the estimated 52,014,000 ballots will start earlier next month.

"We are ready to start printing. The ballot papers are there already. The printers are already there at the NPO and are undergoing test runs right now so that there will be no more problems by next week," he added.

The Comelec chief said the ballots, which are precinct-specific ballots will be printed on a 1:1 ratio with the number of registered voters.

He said that they expect the printing of the ballots to be finished in over 50 days, as the capacity of the printer is about one million per day.

It was Holy Family Printing Corp. and its partner, Canon Marketing Philippines that won the contract to print the official ballots worth P780 million.

Brillantes said that they decided to push through with the scheduled printing even as the Supreme Court (SC) has yet to issue final rulings on the disqualification cases of several party-lists groups.

"We do not see any action on the part of the SC. And even if they did this week, it won't make it anymore… we are left with no choice but to push through with the printing," he said.

The High Court, earlier granted the petition of 39 previously registered party-list groups and 13 new applicants by issuing status quo ante orders (SQAOs) on the Comelec decisions.

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