Comelec completes the printing of ballot papers before the target date


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MANILA, Philippines – The Electoral Commission (Comelec) finished printing the last batch of 67.4 million ballots for the May 9 national and local elections ahead of the target date on Saturday.

According to Comelec, the last batch was printed around 10:28 a.m. The printing of the ballots began on January 23 and was due to end on April 25.

The final batch of printed ballots will go through the verification process, depending on the polling organization.

There are 319,138 “quarantined” ballots and 178,990 defective ballots as of Saturday, Comelec Commissioner George Garcia said in a Viber message to reporters.

Ballots are quarantined or set aside when a ballot from the same batch or group has problems or defects.

Defective ballots will be shredded.

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