By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Commission on Elections is down to the printing of the ballots to be used in the May 13 midterm polls for the last three regions.
“The remaining ballots to be printed are for Regions I (Ilocos Region) and II (Cagayan Valley) and the National Capital Region (NCR),” Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said in a statement.
Data from the Printing Committee show that 38,347,754 ballots have already been printed as of March 19, 2019.
The Comelec said this represents 60.24% of the 63,662,481 total ballots to be printed.
And with the current rate, Jimenez said ballot printing may be completed before Holy Week begins.
“This is earlier than the initial target date of April 25, 2019,” he said.
Printing at the National Printing Office (NPO) in Quezon City went on full capacity on February 20, 2019, with the printing machines cranking out an average 1 million ballots per day.
There are 61,843,750 registered voters for the May 13 polls, but more than 1.1 million ballots will be used for the Final Testing and Sealing (FTS) process, while the rest are demonstration ballots allotted for vote-counting machine (VCM) roadshow and demonstration purposes.