By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Commission on Elections said on Sunday the printing of ballots for the September 22 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls in Marawi City will start today, August 27.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said they expect to finish the printing of the nearly 80,000 ballots at the National Printing Office in Quezon City in less than a week.
“We expect to complete it by September 1,” Jimenez said.
He said of the 79,289 ballots to be printed, 53,009 will be for the village polls while the remaining 26, 280 will be for the youth polls.
The Commission En Banc on January 31, 2018 resolved to defer the barangay and SK polls in war-torn Marawi City, owing to prevailing conditions in the city after the conduct of three public consultations in Mindanao whether or not to postpone the said polls in the entirety of the region.
Meanwhile, Jimenez said at least 24 barangays within the so-called ground zero in Marawi are expected to vote in alternative voting centers come election day since the residents of these barangays cannot return to their homes yet.
“They cannot go back to their areas yet where they are supposed to vote. So for these 24 barangays, there will be special polling centers,” he said.
“What the Comelec will do is come out with a list of alternative voting centers, where voting for these affected barangays will be held,” added Jimenez.
The list of affected barangays will be released by the poll body in early September.