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BSKE ballot printing will begin on September 20: Comelec

The one-month printing phase for the ballots to be used in the Dec. 5 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) is scheduled to begin by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) next week.

In the absence of a law delaying the elections, Comelec Chairman George Erwin Garcia stated during a press conference on Thursday that preparations would continue.

“Our instructions were extremely clear to the employees and officials during our en banc session yesterday (Wednesday), so we kept preparing. Director (Teopisto) Elnas delivered the BSKE ballot’s appearance yesterday. We then provided directions on how to print the ballot between September 20 and October 20 at the NPO (National Printing Office), which will be completed in one month, he added.

“The acquisition of 20,000 ballot boxes is also mentioned. Since there is still no law in place to replace the one that the BSKE has set for December 5, 2022, we will continue to prepare, the head of the polling organization said.

Garcia stated that ballots that have already been printed and subject to a statute delaying the election might be used in the following BSKE.

“Once more, let’s assume that 92 million ballots have the date December 5, 2022. We will pass a resolution stating that the printed ballot may be used in the election if reset, so it won’t be wasted because we may store them in the NPO. He continued, we will use everything, including unaccountable papers like election returns.

According to Garcia, from October 6 through October 13, they will also be filing Certificates of Candidacy (COCs).

“Those wishing to run in the BSKE should register their COC come October 6,” he continued, “if by October 5 there is no law yet.”

The Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation approved the bill delaying the December elections for passage by the full Senate while the Comelec chief was making his remarks.

On the other hand, the House of Representatives has already approved the legislation postponing the upcoming village and youth elections until December 4, 2023, on the second reading.

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