Comelec confident to finish ballot printing before deadline

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is confident that the printing of the over 54 million official ballots will be completed earlier than the scheduled date of completion, which is on April 25.

"Aabot talaga tayo sa deadline… yeah we’ve always been partly confident in making the deadline. Early? That's a distinct possibility now. It could be earlier," said Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez in a press briefing on Monday.

At the same time, he reported that they have printed more than 10.5 million, about 25 percent of the total ballots to be printed to be used in the May 9 national and local polls.

Jimenez added that the National Printing Office (NPO) is printing almost a million ballots a daily and they expect to reach the maximum of close to 1.1 million per day this week.

The over 1 million ballots for the overseas absentee voting (OAV) were the first to be printed, to be followed by the ballots for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm).

"Ang alam ko OAV ang inuna… tapos na ata 'yun. As for the Armm ballots, hindi ko lang alam kung tapos na," he added.

Jimenez also reported that there were 71,000 ballots that were rejected and had to be reprinted.

"May reprint tayong 71,000 lang out of the 10.5 million…ang causes miscut, kung minsan kasi pagcut hindi masyado mahaba or maikli...misaligned at oversized," he explained.

The NPO started printing the official ballots last February 15. (FP/Sunnex)

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