Close to 14 million ballots have been printed – Comelec

March 11, 2010 10:40 pm 

MANILA, March 11 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) reported on Thursday that close to 14 million official ballots have been printed by the National Printing Office (NPO) for the May 10, 2010 automated national and local elections.

Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said that as of 7 a.m., March 11, the NPO had printed 13,783,011 ballots.

The NPO said each printing machine can print an average of more than 200,000 ballots a day.

Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) will be acquiring another printing machine to augment the printing process. The machine is expected to arrive in the country anytime and will be operational on April 5, 2010.

Meanwhile, Larrazabal welcomed the statement of newly- appointed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit that the military will remain apolitical.

“General Bangit made a statement that he will faithfully perform his duties and he will ensure that the AFP is neutral in this coming election… We welcome the statement from General Bangit that they will be our partners in ensuring that the elections will be credible and successful,” he said.

On Wednesday, Bangit, in his speech during his assumption of the top AFP post, swore that he will not allow anybody to use him for purposes of partisan politics. (PNA) scs/FGP/utb


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