Comelec on track for barangay elections
MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is on track in their preparations for the barangay elections on October 28, 2013.
The Comelec led a media tour inside the National Printing Office (NPO) where several millions of ballots have already been printed by NPO digital printers.
As of now, 60% or a total of 32,476,065 ballots of the more than 54 million ballots needed have been printed.
Of the number, 28 million have already been cut into sheets while 15 million have been turned over to the Comelec by the NPO.
Two million ballots are ready for shipping which will begin on Oct. 18, 2013.
The Comelec is also waiting for the decision of the President and Congress whether or not to push through with the Sangguniang Kabataan elections.
Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said the NPO can print the needed 3.2 million ballots in 3 days.
Accountable forms like election returns, statement of votes and certificates of canvass are also printed in the NPO which will be used in 170,603 precincts, way higher than the number during the last automated elections since the barangay elections will be done manually.
But Comelec Commissioner Louie Guia said the ballots still have security marks to prevent crooks from faking or duplicating the ballots.
Under the printing process, the NPO first sees to it that the ballots are printed correctly. These are handed over to the Comelec committee for verification, then brought to the shipping and packing area.
Coloma said the Comelec was able to save P148 million through the use of spare paper from the 2013 elections.