Comelec to print more than 800K ballots for Maguindanao plebiscite

Published August 17, 2022, 9:47 AM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will be printing 818,790 ballots for the pebiscite to ratify the division of the Province of Maguindanao into two provinces to be known as

Maguindanao del Norte and Maguindanao del Sur.


The Maguindanao Plebiscite is scheduled on Sept. 17, 2022.

On Tuesday, August 16, the poll body kicked off the printing of official ballots and other accountable forms for the various plebiscites scheduled in September this year.

The first batch of ballots and forms that were printed at the National Printing Office (NPO) in Quezon City were for the plebiscite to ratify the conversion of the Municipality of Calaca, Batangas into a component city scheduled on Sept. 3,2022.

For the Calaca, Batangas Plebiscite, 58,881 official ballots were printed, data from the Comelec Printing Committee shows.

Each ballot measures 4.5″ by 8″ and bears the question, “PUMAPAYAG KA GA NA ANG MUNISIPALIDAD NG CALACA AY GAWING ISANG LUNGSOD NG PROBINSIYA NG BATANGAS NA KIKILALANIN BILANG LUNGSOD NG CALACA ALINSUNOD SA BATAS REPUBLIKA BILANG 11544 NA KILALA DIN BILANG CHARTER OF THE CITY OF CALACA?” Voters will write either “YES” or “OO” to vote for the approval of the proposal, or “NO” or “HINDI” to vote for its rejection, in the blank after the question.

The manual election system is used for the conduct of plebiscites, and ballots are accomplished manually by the voters by writing the answer for the approval or rejection of the proposed measure.

Printing will continue in the next few days at the NPO.