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Printing of ballots for ARMM completed – Comelec

Posted on: February 15, 2010

Printing of ballots for ARMM completed – Comelec

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 15:01:00 02/15/2010

Filed Under: Elections, Politics, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that the printing of the 1.5 million special paper ballots to be used for the automated May elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) was completed Monday.

The commissioner said the ballots were digitally printed by the National Printing Office (NPO) on 160 GSM papers imported from Canada.

“We have finished printing the 1.5 million ballots for ARMM as of 6:30 a.m. Monday. The ballot is 8.5 inches wide and 27 inches long and would contain Arabic translations of the instructions for voting the candidates,” said Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal.

Larrazabal added that the ballots to be used in non-ARMM areas, which measures 25 inches long and contains English instructions for voting, would be printed 6:30 p.m. Monday after the Kodak digital printers are recalibrated.

The machines will print 800,000 ballots daily.

Printing of ballots for non-ARMM areas will be delivered to different municipalities April 25.

The ballots contain pre-printed names of all local and national candidates and have security features such as bar codes, serial numbers and invisible ultra-violet ink.

The names of candidates with disqualification cases “that are not resolved with finality” will also be printed on the ballots, added the official.

Comelec registered in the country and abroad a total of 50,723,734 voters, who will cast their votes in 76,340 clustered precincts in May.


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