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Comelec: Printing of 60 M ballots for BSKE completed

Updated
By Samuel Medenilla
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced Monday it has finally completed the printing of the almost 60 million ballots for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE).

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista inspects printed ballots that will be used for the Barangay and SK election, during a walk through at the National Printing Office in Quezon City, Septemebr 20, 2017. (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista inspects printed ballots that will be used for the Barangay and SK elections, during a walk through at the National Printing Office in Quezon City, September 20, 2017. (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)

The poll body, however, noted it may defer the deployment of the said ballots in anticipation of the signing of the bill postponing the BSKE to next year.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista confirmed on Monday that the National Printing Office (NPO) has advised him that it has completed the 59,548,410 ballots, for possible use in the BSKE in the Luzon and Visayas.

No ballots have been printed for Mindanao after Comelec earlier decided to suspend the BSKE there due to security concerns.

Bautista, however, said the Comelec is still undecided on the deployment of the ballots saying such a move may impose unnecessary pressure on local government units.

Under the government regulations, city/municipal treasurers will be required to secure the ballots once it is delivered to their jurisdiction.

This may no longer be necessary if President Rodrigo Duterte finally signs the bill postponing the BSKE to May 2018.

“This is why we are closely monitoring developments of the bill, so we can properly plan our next action,” Bautista said.

The poll chief said the Comelec en banc will decide today on whether to push through with the ballot delivery or not.

He said the decision needs to be immediate since the Comelec’s Packing and Shipping Committee has asked for sufficient time to complete the delivery of the ballots to their destinations.

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