By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is eyeing to start the printing of the more than 2 million ballots that will be used in the January 21, 2019 plebiscite to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law next month.
“Most likely, it will be in December,” Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said in an interview.
He said they have yet to start the printing of the ballots as there are still 62 pending petitions for voluntary inclusion in the plebiscite.
“This is in order to ensure that we get the most representation into the BOL plebiscite as possible,” said Jimenez.
Based on Republic Act 11054, areas contiguous to the territorial jurisdiction of the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) may submit a petition for voluntary inclusion.
The poll official also revealed that the language of the ballots would not be in English rather in Filipino and Arabic.
“We have no more English ballots,” said Jimenez.
“The decision was made that the language of the ballot would be in Filipino and Arabic for the existing ARMM areas, and Filipino for everywhere else,” he added.
According to Jimenez, the translations in the ballots are already being finalized.
“These are just the small issues left. But we expect to have them finalized by next week,” he said.