Comelec delays printing of ballots for 2022 – Archyde

The printing of the official ballot papers was not carried out as planned on Wednesday, January 19, the Electoral Commission (Comelec) announced.

“The printing committee, taking into account various technical factors, has postponed the start of printing to a date to be announced,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez told reporters on Viber later that day.

“The committee reassures the public that this later start will not negatively affect Comelec’s preparations for the elections,” he added, noting that a start of ballot printing on January 20 is not off the table.

Comelec Printing Committee Vice-Chair Helen Aguila Flores told reporters on Tuesday January 18 that printing of manual ballots for foreign elections and local postal elections is scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

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Meanwhile, the ballot design “will be released once the finalization process is complete,” Jimenez added.

This contradicted Comelec director Lai David’s statement on Monday 17 January that the final ballot image was ready and would be uploaded the same day.

The final ballot sheet contains the final list of candidates for the 2022 election.

About 67.4 million ballots will be printed over the course of three months, or through April 21, the printing committee had said.

The committee had guaranteed There is a contingency plan should a COVID-19 outbreak hit the National Printing Office in Quezon City or should a virus wave slow operations. –

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