Comelec announces ballot design changes

Published January 17, 2019, 7:56 PM

by Dhel Nazario, Jeffrey G. Damicog, and Rey G. Panaligan

By Leslie Ann Aquino

There will be a slight change in the ballot that will be used in the May 13, 2019 midterm polls.

Partylist groups will no longer be in the front face of the ballot, they will rather be at the back.

Leo Lim, Information Officer of the Commission on Elections, explained the reason for the change.

“This is to optimize the space in the ballot,” he said in an interview Thursday.

In previous polls, partylist organizations are written below the names of the candidates for senator.

Instead of partylist organizations, the names of those running for local posts such as those running for member, House of Representatives; Provincial Governor and Vice Governor; member, Sangguniang Panlalawigan; Mayor and Vice Mayor; and member, Sangguniang Panlungsod will now be in front of the ballot.

The poll body is eyeing to start the printing of the ballots for the midterm polls at the National Printing Office in Quezon City on January 22.

Vicky Dulcero, vice chairman of the Comelec Printing Committee, said more than 61 million ballots are set to be printed for the said exercise.

“We are eyeing to finish it by April 30,” she said in a previous interview.

Dulcero said 1 million ballots will be printed daily to meet their target date.

To note, the Comelec has yet to release the final list of candidates for the midterm polls.

But based on the tentative list released by the poll body last November, there are 148 senatorial aspirants and 185 party-list groups.