By Leslie Ann Aquino
To already familiarize voters with the ballot that will be used in the May 13 midterm polls, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) posted the ballot face templates at their official website.
“We want the public to be able to see the ballots for themselves, ahead of time,” Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said in an interview.
“This will allow them more opportunities to study their options and to familiarize themselves with the ballot itself,” he added.
Earlier, the Comelec already said that there will be a slight change in the ballot that will be used in the upcoming midterm polls.
Partylist groups will no longer be in the front face of the ballot rather at the back.
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 the front part of the ballot.
The Comelec posted the ballot face templates, which are divided into their respective regions, provinces, and towns/cities, weeks after it released the certified list of candidates for senator and partylist in the upcoming polls.
On Monday, the poll body announced that more than 11 million ballots have already been printed so far out of the nearly 64 million that are set to print. #MatalinongBoto2019