Comelec to start printing of ballots on January 20; Marcos’s name included

By Julia Marie Mangmang

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) may begin printing official ballots for the 2022 national elections on January 20, COMELEC Spokesperson James Jimenez shared in an interview on January 18, 2022. 

A virtual walkthrough of the ballot printers at the National Printing Office was conducted on Tuesday, and the printing will commence two days after. 

Originally, the printing of the ballot was set to begin on Monday, January 17,  however, it was moved to a later date. 

Jimenez said that the ballots will be back-to-back, with the names of 10 presidential, nine vice presidential, and 64 senatorial candidates in front, and the names of all 178 party-list groups at the back. 

In addition, the official ballots will contain the name of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos, who still faces four disqualification cases. 

Three of which are pending before the First Division, but face delayed promulgation due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases within the division’s staff.

One disqualification case is drafted under the Second Division, the body that recently junked the only petition to cancel Marcos’ certificate of candidacy. 

References:

Mendoza, J. E. (2022, January 18). Comelec may begin printing ballots by January 20 — Jimenez. Inquirer.net. https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1541806/comelec-may-begin-printing-ballots-by-january-20-jimenez

Patag, K. J. (2022, January 18). Comelec: 10 presidential candidates, including Bongbong Marcos, in 2022 polls ballot. Philippine Star. https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2022/01/18/2154708/comelec-10-presidential-candidates-including-bongbong-marcos-2022-polls-ballot