“We will start printing the ballots on Wednesday,” said Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista on Monday.
With this, Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez noted that the printing will not go full scale as they are still waiting for the final decision on whether to postpone or not the polls which is set on October 23.
“It is a kick off of printing process after that tuloy tuloy na yan. Ang hindi ko lang magarantiya ay kung gaano kabilis ang printing. Definitely hindi ‘yan full blast printing. hanggat maaari gusto namin istretch ang time available for deliberation,” he said.
The poll body official added, “But we need to start kasi kailangan nating Icalibrate ang mga makina, gusto natin malaman ang tamang takbo ng papel, timpla ng tinta para don sa printing natin.”
Jimenez said they will disclose the areas they will print first on Tuesday.
Compared to the usual practice of printing ballots for areas in the southern part of the country or the farthest areas first, they will not print ballots from these areas yet as they are waiting on the fate of the village and youth polls.
“Ang typical practice natin is we start with southern areas kasi yon ang pinakamalayo so iyon ang unang ipirint para yon din ang unang ishiship but of course ang pending public hearing on postponent of elections in Mindanao baka hindi muna tayo maprint ng Mindanao…” Jimenez added.
Asked on what they will do with the ballots that have been printed and Congress orders for the postponement of the October polls, he said, “If Congress postpones then whatever ballot is printed will be stored and hopefully repurposed for the next elections kung kailan man matutuloy man ito matutuloy.”
The poll body will be printing some 77 million ballots to be used in the October polls.