By Leslie Ann Aquino
More than 11 million ballots have already been printed for the May 13 National and Local polls.
The Commission on Elections said they have printed 11,346,352, or 17.82 percent of the total number of ballots to be printed.
The poll body is set to print 63,662,481 ballots for the midterm polls.
In a statement, the Comelec said among those already printed are the 1.7 million ballots to be used for overseas voting which will begin on April 13, 2019, a month ahead the midterm polls.
The ballots for the provinces formerly comprising the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Region XIII (Caraga Administrative Region), and Region XII (Soccsksargen) have already been completed.
“Printing of ballots for these areas will be followed by those for the Visayas provinces, Luzon provinces, and lastly the National Capital Region (NCR),” Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said.
There are 61,843,750 registered voters for the May 13 polls, but more than 1.1M ballots will be printed for use in the Final Testing and Sealing (FTS) process, while the rest are demonstration ballots allotted for vote-counting machine (VCM) road show and demonstration purposes, said the poll body.
Jimenez said they are on track to finish printing of the ballots by April 25 with the printing now averaging 1.1 million per day.
Ballot printing started on February 9, 2019.